Question and answer
According to Aristotle, how could a person come to know universal truths? Answer
As a prolific writer and polymath, Aristotle radically transformed most, if not all, areas of knowledge he touched. [ It is no wonder that Aquinas referred to him simply as “The Philosopher.” In his lifetime, Aristotle wrote as many as 200 treatises, of which only 31 survive. Unfortunately for us, these works are in the form of lecture notes and draft manuscripts never intended for general
readership, so they do not demonstrate his reputed polished prose style which attracted many great followers, including the Roman Cicero. Aristotle was the first to classify areas of human knowledge into distinct disciplines such as mathematics, biology, and ethics. Some of these classifications are still used today. As the father of the field of logic, he was the first to develop a formalized system for reasoning. Aristotle observed that the validity of any argument can be determined by its structure rather than its content. A classic example of a valid argument is his syllogism: All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is mortal. Given the structure of this argument, as long as the premises are true, then the conclusion is also guaranteed to be true. Aristotle’s brand of logic dominated this area of thought until the rise of modern propositional logic and predicate logic 2000 years later. Aristotle’s emphasis on good reasoning combined with his belief in the scientific method forms the backdrop for most of his work. For example, in his work in ethics and politics, Aristotle identifies the highest good with intellectual virtue; that is, a moral person is one who cultivates certain virtues based on reasoning. And in his work on psychology and the soul, Aristotle distinguishes sense perception from reason, which unifies and interprets the sense perceptions and is the source of all knowledge. Aristotle famously rejected Plato’s theory of forms, which states that properties such as beauty are abstract universal entities that exist independent of the objects themselves. ]
Expert answered|donnytella|Points 30|
Question
Asked 5/8/2013 7:57:38 AM
0 Answers/Comments
Get an answer
New answers
Rating

There are no new answers.

Comments

There are no comments.

Add an answer or comment
Log in or sign up first.
17,631,686 questions answered
Popular Conversations
Simplify the expression. (3x - 1)(x^2 + 2x - 4) User: 3x+2(x+5) ...
Weegy: 1+tan^2(x) = sec^2(x) 1+cot^2(x) = csc^2(x) (1+tan^2(x)) / (1+cot^2(x) = sec^2(x) / csc^2(x) = ...
10/1/2014 1:46:20 AM| 3 Answers
antonym of prevented ...
10/1/2014 9:05:38 AM| 3 Answers
Perform the indicated operation. (y 4 - 1) ÷ (y + 1) User: ...
Weegy: 25x^2+10x+1 = (5x + 1)? User: Find the sum and choose the correct answer. 2n 3 + 4n 2 - 7 and -n 3 + 8n - 9 ...
10/1/2014 9:25:19 AM| 3 Answers
what is the square root of 2?
Weegy: 4^(square root of 2) = 7.10299330132 User: what is the square root of 3? Weegy: A divisor of a quantity that ...
10/1/2014 11:05:32 AM| 3 Answers
Which of the following is correct? A. The purine G bonds with the ...
Weegy: B. The purine C bonds with the pyrimidine G. User: The purines in DNA are A. thymine and ...
10/1/2014 2:38:30 PM| 3 Answers
Habeas corpus law
10/1/2014 7:12:34 AM| 2 Answers
Simplify the expression.(3 + i) - (2 - 2i)
Weegy: 3-3 = 0 User: What is the expression in factored form 9x2 - 12x + 4 A. (-3x - 2)2 B. (-3x + 2)(3x - 2) C. (3x ...
10/1/2014 9:57:26 AM| 2 Answers
Consumer rights.
Weegy: A consumer is a person or group of people that are the final users of products generated within a social system. ...
10/1/2014 10:14:56 AM| 2 Answers
Weegy Stuff
S
L
1
L
P
C
1
P
C
1
Points 148 [Total 9629]| Ratings 0| Comments 148| Invitations 0|Offline
S
L
1
1
1
1
L
1
L
Points 73 [Total 12448]| Ratings 0| Comments 73| Invitations 0|Offline
S
1
L
L
Points 52 [Total 5846]| Ratings 0| Comments 52| Invitations 0|Offline
S
1
L
1
L
P
P
L
Points 43 [Total 12272]| Ratings 0| Comments 43| Invitations 0|Offline
S
P
C
L
P
L
1
Points 25 [Total 6259]| Ratings 0| Comments 25| Invitations 0|Offline
S
Points 10 [Total 10]| Ratings 1| Comments 0| Invitations 0|Offline
S
1
L
1
Points 10 [Total 3354]| Ratings 1| Comments 0| Invitations 0|Offline
S
Points 3 [Total 18]| Ratings 0| Comments 3| Invitations 0|Offline
S
Points 3 [Total 38]| Ratings 0| Comments 3| Invitations 0|Offline
S
Points 1 [Total 214]| Ratings 0| Comments 1| Invitations 0|Offline
Home | Contact | Blog | About | Terms | Privacy | Social | ©2014 Purple Inc.