The paper provides an interpretation of Aristotle’s view on scientific inquiry as problem solving. It tackles passages where Aristotle emphasises the role that the problem-solving activity has in science, and where he describes the history of humans’ problem-solving activity and the historical development of natural science as a problem-solving activity. Further, the paper examines Aristotle’s practice of raising, assessing and solving problems as well as the heuristic procedures he employs to move from ignorance to scientific knowledge. Finally, it raises a question about Aristotle’s view on the epistemic status of scientific definitions: does Aristotle conceive of the definitions, which are the results of scientific inquiries, as truths (known with certainty to be true, i.e. known with certainty to be principles) or rather as plausible hypotheses that may or may not be true?
Aristotle on science as problem solving / Quarantotto, Diana. - In: TOPOI. - ISSN 0167-7411. - ELETTRONICO. - (2018), pp. 1-12. [10.1007/s11245-018-9548-2]
|Titolo:||Aristotle on science as problem solving|
QUARANTOTTO, DIANA (Corresponding author)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Citazione:||Aristotle on science as problem solving / Quarantotto, Diana. - In: TOPOI. - ISSN 0167-7411. - ELETTRONICO. - (2018), pp. 1-12. [10.1007/s11245-018-9548-2]|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|