The Dennes Room

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Wed Dec 7, 2016
4–6 PM
Graduate Research Colloquium
Justin Vlasits
Aristotle on the Hunt for Essence

Abstract: Aristotle afforded a crucial role to essence in his philosophy of science, placing them among the first principles of demonstration. But how should an inquirer discover essences? In this talk, I will give an interpretation of Posterior Analytics II.13, the only chapter in the Analytics that expressly addresses the question, and argue that Aristotle endorses Plato’s method of division as a crucial part of the correct methodology.