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In Prior Analytics 1.27–30, Aristotle develops a method for finding deductions. He claims that, given a complete collection of facts in a science, this method allows us to identify all indemonstrable principles and demonstrations in that science (1.30 46a21–7). This claim has been disputed by commentators. I argue that the claim is underwritten by the theory of natural predication elaborated in Posterior Analytics 1.19–22. According to this theory, natural predication is a non-extensional relation between universals that provides the metaphysical basis for demonstrative science.

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This page is a summary of: The Discovery of Principles in Prior Analytics 1.30, Phronesis, March 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15685284-bja10053.
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