Knowledge, Science and Philosophical Theory
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Knowledge of being as being was defined in Gamma 1 as episteme, science, but more precisely as knowledge which addresses itself to its object contemplatively, “theoretically.” Theoretical knowledge is connected with the other two fundamental types of human activity which Aristotle also calls knowledge, with poetical knowledge, that is, knowing how to produce something, and with practical knowledge, which can be called knowing how to act. Whereas poiesis and praxis are each concerned with a particular end beyond knowledge as such, theoretical knowledge has its end in itself; it is knowledge for the sake of knowledge.1
KeywordsScientific Knowledge Philosophical Theory Philosophical Thinking Human Faculty Pure Actuality
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