Aristotle's Metaphysics Beta: Symposium Aristotelicum by Michel Crubellier, André Laks

By Michel Crubellier, André Laks

9 top students of old philosophy from Europe, the united kingdom, and North the US provide a scientific learn of e-book Beta of Aristotle's Metaphysics. The paintings takes the shape of a chain of aporiai or "difficulties" which Aristotle offers as beneficial issues of engagement in case you desire to reach knowledge. the themes comprise causation, substance, structure, houses, predicates, and customarily the ontology of either the perishable and the imperishable international. each one contributor discusses one or of those aporiai in series: the result's a discursive remark in this seminal textual content of Western philosophy.

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And note 30), and at 982b 15, in Book ` 2. The latter passage suggests, at least, that the diaporia follows upon an initial aporia (which in this case results from the astonishment caused by the natural phenomena). 3 I shall accordingly also use ‘aporia’ or else ‘puzzle’, and speak of ‘aporetical procedure’, etc. Owens 1978, while recognizing that ‘ ‘‘impasse’’ would probably be the nearest [rendering of aporia in English]’, nevertheless does not adopt it, for the reason that ‘this word does not cover the most frequently used instance of ‘‘aporia’’ in Aristotle, which is a philosophical conception or opinion or proposition’ (p.

55 I suggest two small departures from Jaeger’s and Ross’ text. , as ‘ce dont on parle’, ‘le sujet en question’. Hadot’s study does not quote our passage, however. 53 For IìçïôÝæøò, see Poetics, 21, 1457b16, where Aristotle analyses the substitution of ‘draw’ (IæýóÆØ) to ‘cut’ (ôÆìåEí) : ¼ìçø ªaæ IçåºåEí ôØ Kóôß. 54 Aubenque 1980, 5, n. 5 (cf. Alexander, 172, 32f. Hayduck). 55 M. Crubellier suggested to me that ôïFôï should refer to ºýóØò, ‘but the impasse experienced in thinking shows how to resolve the problem at the level of the thing itself’.

But the impasse in thinking shows this in the matter at hand: for in so far as our thought is stuck in an impasse, it is in a state similar to that of those who are in bonds; for in both cases it is impossible to progress forward. 4. This is why one must have considered all the difficulties beforehand, both for these reasons and also because people who inquire without developing the impasses first are like those who do not know where they have to go, 5. and in addition to that, because he does not even know whether he has found what he is looking for or not; for the end is not clear to such a man, whereas to him who has already experienced the impasses it is clear; 6.

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