By Sir David Ross
I used to be completely awaiting this e-book on Aristotle and used to be tremendously dissappointed. The biographical comic strip of Aristotle is meager (and admittedly could be all that's to be had) and ninety% of the booklet is dedicated to an in depth examine of Aristotelian philosophy that is tremendous tedious to learn. a part of the matter is that the publication was once initially written within the Twenties utilizing a method of writing that's in actual fact directed in the direction of a graduate point examine of Aristotle. The publication is usually packed with typographical mistakes that is relatively unacceptable for a publication that's over eighty years previous and in its sixth edition.
I think this e-book may be precious for somebody searching for an exhaustive (although ponderously written) research of Aristotelian philosophy, yet each person else will most probably desire to keep their hard-earned cash for anything extra stress-free. We certainly desire a smooth examine Aristotle alongside the strains of Luis Navia's terrific ebook on Socrates.
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47 Cf. Eucken, De Ar. Dic. Rat. 9, 34; Sprachgeb. des Ar. 10. These peculiarities may be due to Eudemus. 48 But von Arnim’s view (cf. p. 294 infra) that it is the earliest of the three ethical treatises deserves careful consideration. 49 Cf. pp. 19, 235 f. 50 Diels has shown (Abh. d. preuss. Akad. 1886) that Book III. was originally a separate treatise, probably the which figures in Diogenes’ list. 51 Mr. Case argues in Enc. 11 II. 515 f. that it is a genuine work, earlier than the Rhetoric. He succeeds in showing that if earlier than the Rhetoric it must be by Aristotle, and therefore that it cannot be by Anaximenes.
E. that, as when one premise is negative the conclusion is negative and when one premise is particular the conclusion is particular, so when either premise is assertoric an apodictic conclusion cannot be drawn, and when either premise is problematic only a problematic conclusion can be drawn. We saw that Aristotle does not treat the hypothetical proposition as a separate type of proposition. It follows from this that he has no theory of the hypothetical syllogism as a type co-ordinate with the categorical.
The word occurs in Plato, but not in thesense given to it by Aristotle, and no earlier attempt had beenmade to give a general account of the process of inference. 32 ARISTOTLE Thenearest approach, perhaps, had been Plato’s formulation of theprocess of logical division, which Aristotle calls a ‘weak syllogism’;76 but this is not even a first sketch of the inferential processin general. If the question be asked, what precisely led Aristotleto attack the problem, the answer must probably be that hisprimary interest was in laying down the conditions of scientificknowledge; this is announced as his purpose at the beginning ofthe Prior Analytics, and towards this the formal study of syllogism is the first step.