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Lucas Angioni
University of Campinas
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Aristotle claims that the object of scientific knowledge cannot be otherwise, and at Posterior Analytics I-8 he adds that there is no scientific knowledge of corruptible objects. These claims have been traditionally understood in terms of a strict requirement of eternal existence: objects of genuine scientific knowledge must be eternal in the sense that they must exist eternally. Sometimes the "eternal existence" is taken by scholars as equivalent to the timeless truth of universal propositions. In this paper, I offer an alternative view and discuss Aristotle’s argument in Posterior Analytics I-8.
Keywords scientific explanation  essentialism  causality  demonstration  ontology
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