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Two Traditions In The Ancient Posterior Analytics Commentaries

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This chapter identifies a problem in Aristotle's philosophy of science as it is developed in the Posterior Analytics. It then discusses Aristotle's solution to the problem, presented in Posterior Analytics II, and then argues that the evidence strongly suggests that Alexander of Aphrodisias read the text in this way. Next, the chapter deals with the reading presented in Philoponus' commentary on APo. II, according to which Aristotle is concerned to show how different kinds of scientific accounts clarify different aspects of the essence of a kind, and how the relation between these accounts corresponds to the relation between these aspects of the essence. The author states that the surviving evidence is fragmentary and that it will be clearest to work through an interpretation of Aristotle, and then support attributing it to Alexander.

Keywords: Alexander; Aristotle; Philoponus; Posterior Analytics

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