by George Grote


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Aristotle's emphasis on the syllogism leads him to conceive of knowledge as hierarchically structured, a claim that he fleshes out in the Posterior Analytics. To have knowledge of a fact, it is not enough simply to be able to repeat the fact. We must also be able to give the reasons why that fact is true, a process that Aristotle calls demonstration. Demonstration is essentially a matter of showing that the fact in question is the conclusion to a valid syllogism. If some truths are premises that can be used to prove other truths, those first truths are logically prior to the truths that follow from them. Ultimately, there must be one or several "first principles," from which all other truths follow and which do not themselves follow from anything.

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ISBN-13: 9781500404710
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Pages: 26
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.05(d)

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