The proem of Aristotle’s Metaphysics

an interpretation of Metaph. A1

Keywords: Metaphysics, proem, σοφία

Abstract

Based on the notion of proem as exposed in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, we examine in detail Metaph. A1. Our goal is to understand the argument contained in this chapter, as we also endeavour to show how the Stagirite introduces with uttermost caution the theme of wisdom [σοφία], that which is the incarnation of the preeminent science in the first book of the Metaphysics. The attention we devote to the proem of this work is explained by the importance we attribute, unlike much of contemporary scholars, to σοφία, that is, the science of first causes and principles, which we consider to be, ultimately, the pivotal formulation of the supreme science in the Metaphysics.

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Author Biography

Guilherme da Costa Assunção Cecílio, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Doutor em Filosofia pelo Programa de Pós-Graduação em Filosofia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (PPGF-UFRJ); professor efetivo de Filosofia do Instituto Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ) e professor permanente do PPGF-UFRJ.

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Published
2018-04-17
How to Cite
CecílioG. da C. A. (2018). The proem of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Archai: The Origins of Western Thought, (23), 15. https://doi.org/10.14195/1984-249X_23_1

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