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From Puzzles to Principles?: Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic

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Scholars of classical philosophy have long disputed whether Aristotle was a dialectical thinker. Most agree that Aristotle contrasts dialectical reasoning with demonstrative reasoning, where the former reasons from generally accepted opinions and the latter reasons from the true and primary. Starting with a grasp on truth, demonstration never relinquishes it. Starting with opinion, how could dialectical reasoning ever reach truth, much less the truth about first principles? Is dialectic then an exercise that reiterates the ...

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From Puzzles to Principles?: Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic
1999, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD

ISBN-13: 9780739100295

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From Puzzles to Principles?: Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic
1999, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD

ISBN-13: 9780739100288

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