By Alexander, of Aphrodisias.; Aristotle.; Barnes, Jonathan
In Metaphysics 4 Aristotle discusses the character of metaphysics, the elemental legislation of good judgment, the falsity of subjectivism and the differing kinds of ambiguity. the complete, transparent remark of Alexander of Aphrodisias in this very important booklet is the following translated into English by means of Arthur Madigan. Alexander is going via Aristotle's textual content essentially line via line, getting to the logical series of the arguments, noting locations the place Aristotle's phrases will endure multiple interpretation and staining version readings. He time and again cross-refers to the De Interpretatione, Analytics, Physics and different works of Aristotle, therefore putting Metaphysics 4 within the content material of Aristotle's philosophy as an entire
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For all men by nature seek after knowledge'28 - and there is evidence for this in the facts that they prefer those modes of perception which provide them with more knowledge,29 and that they are immediately from their youth fond of listening to stories. For small children listen attentively to stories30 although they gain nothing from them apart from the knowledge of them; and the more gifted children are distinguished by the attention with which they listen to the stories - which suggests that knowledge is natural for men.
1099; Lloyd (1990), pp. 17-21; and esp. Lee, pp. 44-54. 2 = FDS 27. 3 For Alexander's explanations of 'demonstrative', 'dialectical', 'examinatory' and 'sophistical' methods see in Top. 2,20-3, 2,23-5, 22,10-14, and 2,25-6. For the species of syllogisms see below, 7,9 note. 4 This view is generally associated with the Stoics; but it was a commonplace of Hellenistic and post-Hellenistic thought to maintain that philosophy had three parts, logic and physics and ethics. g. Seneca, Ep. 89,9: 'Most, and the most important, authors say that there are three parts of philosophy — ethical, physical, logical"; Apuleius, Int.
63 Reading aei (cj. Wallies) for dein. 51 1. Preface 64 the aim and purpose of what you are going to say; for those who know what each thing you say refers to learn more easily than those who do not know. (The difference between such learners is like that between people walking along the same road, when some know the destination to be reached and others are ignorant of it: those who know walk with more ease and accomplish their purpose without exhaustion, whereas those who are ignorant tend to tire.