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Knowledge and Demonstration

Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics


Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Orna Harari
    Pages 1-11
  3. Orna Harari
    Pages 13-38
  4. Orna Harari
    Pages 39-61
  5. Orna Harari
    Pages 63-85
  6. Orna Harari
    Pages 87-116
  7. Orna Harari
    Pages 117-141
  8. Orna Harari
    Pages 143-148
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 149-161

About this book


This book examines a fundamental problem in Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics: what is the role of syllogistic logic in the theory of demonstrative knowledge? The answer to this question is sought in Aristotle’s metaphysical theory and his conception of substance. This interpretation challenges the traditional interpretation that approaches Aristotle’s theory of demonstration from the standpoint of scientific practice. It is argued, in this book, that the Posterior Analytics’ main objective is to articulate the notion of knowledge, viewed here as a conceptualisation, rather than analysing the structure and methods of scientific explorations. The original interpretation offered in this book sheds fresh light on issues, such as the conceptual difference between Aristotle’s logic and modern logic, the relationship between Aristotle’s logic and Greek mathematics, and the differences between the Aristotelian and modern notions of knowledge and proof. In attempting to present a comprehensive interpretation of one of the most difficult works in the Aristotelian corpus, this book is of major importance first and foremost for Aristotelian scholars and historians of Greek philosophy; the historical character of the analysis offered here makes it relevant also to historians of Greek mathematics, historians of logic, historians of science in general, and philosophers of sciences.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tel-Aviv UniversityIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Knowledge and Demonstration
  • Book Subtitle Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics
  • Authors Orna Harari
  • Series Title The New Synthese Historical Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2787-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6722-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-2788-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 162
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Philosophy
    Classical Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
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