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Aristotle and Rational Discovery Speaking of Nature by Russell Winslow

Aristotle and Rational Discovery Speaking of Nature

Part of the Continuum Studies in Ancient Philosophy Series


Aristotle and Rational Discovery Speaking of Nature by Russell Winslow

In this lively and original book, Russell Winslow pursues a new interpretation of logos in Aristotle. Rather than a reading of rationality that cleaves human beings from nature, this new interpretation suggests that, for Aristotle, consistent and dependable rational arguments reveal a deep dependency upon nature. To this end, the author shows that a rational account of a being is in fact subject to the very same principle that governs the physical motion and generation of a being under inquiry. Among the many consequences of this argument is a rejection of both of the prevailing oppositional claims that Aristotle's methodological procedure of discovery is one resting on either empirical or conceptual grounds: discovery reveals a more complex structure than can be grasped by either of these modern modes. Further, Winslow argues that this interpretation of rational discovery also contributes to the ethical debates surrounding Aristotle's work, insofar as an ethical claim is achieved through reason, but is not thereby conceived as objective. Again, the demand for agreement in ethical/political decision will be disclosed as superseding in its complexity both those accounts of ethical decision as subjective (for example, emotivist accounts) and those as objective ( realist accounts).

About the Author

Russell Winslow is a post-doctoral fellow at Fordham University, USA. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, where he was awarded the Hans Jonas Outstanding Dissertation Award in Philosophy.

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Publication date

3rd July 2007


Russell Winslow

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


176 pages


Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500



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