ARISTOTLE ON HIS PREDECESSORS

BEING THE FIRST BOOK OF HIS METAPHYSICS

Translated with introduction and notes by A.E. Taylor

INTRODUCTION

Preface

I.Life of Aristotle
II.Metaphysics
III.Historical Value of Aristotle's Criticism

Summary
Chronological Table
Books of Reference


ARISTOTLE ON HIS PREDECESSORS

I.The Origin of Knowledge and Wisdom
II.General Character of Wisdom
III.Four Kinds of Causes
IV.Teleology and the Formative Principle
V.Mathematicians, Pythagoreans, and Eleatics
VI.The Peculiarities of Plato
VII.The Four Conceptions of Cause United in Aristotle
VIII.The Defects of the Pre-Aristotelian Systems
IX.A Criticism of Plato
X.Conclusion

APPENDICES

Appendix A:On the Cognition of Universal Axioms, as a Product of Experience
Appendix B. The Four Senses of Cause
Appendix C. A Popular Resumé of the Main Arguments Against the Platonic Ideas
Appendix D. Mathematics and the Ideas







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