Aristotle on Dialectic and First Principles

António Pedro Mesquita

Abstract


Over time, several authors have argued that, for Aristotle, dialectic is a method of discovery or establishment of the principles of science in general. In this article, I will present four arguments against this view and propose a deflationary view of the role of dialectic in this regard. Accord ing to this view, such a role consists only in the defence of common principles against potential eristic attacks.

Keywords: Science, dialectic, first principles, common principles, proper principles.


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