9780872205147

Substantial Knowledge : Aristotle's Metaphysics

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    9780872205147

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    0872205142

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co Inc

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Summary

In this groundbreaking work, C D C Reeve uses a fundamental problem -- the Primacy Dilemma -- to explore Aristotle's metaphysics, epistemology, dialectic, philosophy of mind, and theology in a new way. At a time when Aristotle is most often studied piecemeal, Reeve attempts to see him both in detail and as a whole, so that it is from detailed analysis of hundreds of particular passages, drawn from dozens of Aristotelian treatises, and translated in full that his overall picture of Aristotle emerges. Primarily a book for philosophers and advanced students with an interest in the fundamental problems with which Aristotle is grappling, the book's clear, non-technical and engaging style will appeal to any reader eager to explore Aristotle's difficult but extraordinarily rewarding thought.

Author Biography

C. D. C. Reeve is Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Reed College.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Abbreviations of Aristotle's Works xvii
Platonism
1(17)
Separation
1(9)
Platonic Forms
10(3)
Problems with Platonic Forms
13(5)
Scientific Knowledge
18(25)
Aristotelian Sciences
18(3)
Dialectic and First Principles
21(6)
Natural Sciences
27(8)
Natural and Theoretical Sciences
35(3)
Exact and Inexact Sciences
38(5)
Essence
43(46)
Natural Beings
43(2)
How Natural Beings Come-to-Be
45(3)
How Human Beings Come-to-Be
48(7)
The Inheritance of Understanding
55(5)
Artifactual Essences
60(3)
Mathematical Essences
63(3)
Penmattered Natural Essences and Inexact Sciences
66(4)
The Definition of an Essence
70(10)
The Parts of an Essence
80(3)
The Formal Element of an Essence
83(5)
Other Essences
88(1)
Being as Substance
89(26)
Intrinsic Being
89(3)
Coincidental Being
92(2)
Categories of Intrinsic Being
94(2)
Non-Substantial Intrinsic Beings
96(2)
Substantial Intrinsic Beings
98(2)
The Structure of Intrinsic Being
100(5)
The Task of Categories
105(7)
Primary Substancec
112(3)
Perceptible Substance
115(19)
Perceptible Substance and Change
115(8)
Primary Substancem
123(2)
Form
125(5)
Suniversals
130(2)
Winners and Losers
132(2)
Substance as Form
134(15)
Potentiality and Actuality
134(6)
Activities and Their Ends
140(7)
Activity as Primary Substancem?
147(2)
Intelligible Substance
149(41)
Sight as a Model for Understanding
149(11)
Passive Understanding
160(7)
Productive Understanding
167(7)
Self-Understanding
174(8)
Human Beings as Their Self-Understandings
182(6)
Self-Understanding as Primary Substancem?
188(2)
Divine Substance
190(50)
God as Unmoved Mover
190(19)
God and the Heavens
209(10)
God's Essence
219(11)
God and ``the Nature of the Whole''
230(7)
God as Primary Substancem?
237(3)
The Science of Being Qua Being
240(51)
Primary Science and Its Problems
240(7)
Special and Universal Sciences
247(11)
Theoretical Philosophies and First Principles
258(2)
Primary Philosophy and Non-Contradiction
260(11)
Non-Contradiction Demonstrated
271(2)
Primary Philosophy as Primary Science?
273(4)
Theology as Primary Science?
277(5)
The Primacy Dilemma Solved
282(5)
Post Dilemma Metaphysics
287(4)
Aristotelianism
291(12)
The Primacy Dilemma Revisited
291(2)
Aristotelianism or Platonism?
293(5)
Aristotle Without God?
298(2)
Aristotle's Conception of Philosophy
300(3)
References 303(7)
Index Locorum 310(9)
General Index 319

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