Vivarium 49 (1-3):9-25 (2011)

Allan Bäck
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Like Plato, Aristotle uses dialectic to interpret and analyze ordinary discourse as well as to ascend to the first principles of philosophy and science. At the same time he says that it is intellect ( noûs ) that apprehends the first principle. With al-Fārābī and Avicenna (Ibn Sīnā), dialectic becomes relegated to dealing with ordinary language. For them demonstration in an ideal language from principles apprehended by the intellect suffices for the philosopher
Keywords Aristotle   speech acts   dialectic   al-Fārābī   Avicenna
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DOI 10.1163/156853411x590417
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