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W. D. Ross (ed.)
Aristotle's Metaphysics, Vol. 1
Books Referred To
(I) Wisdom is the knowledge of first causes (chs. 1, 2).
(B) The causes, the knowledge of which is wisdom, are first causes (ch. 2).
(II) The kinds of first cause; confirmation of our list by a review of the doctrines of previous philosophers (chs. 3–10).
Pythagoreans and Eleatics (ch. 5).
Plato (ch. 6).
Summary account of the treatment of the four causes by earlier thinkers (ch. 7).
(B) Criticism of previous systems (chs. 8–10).
(b) The theory of Ideas (or Forms) (ch. 9).
Epilogue (ch. 10).
Impossibility of (1) an infinite chain of causes, (2) an infinite variety of kinds of cause (ch. 2).
Different methods appropriate to different studies (ch. 3).
Sketch of the main problems of Metaphysics (ch. 1).
Problems 1–5 (ch. 2.).
Problems 6, 7 (ch. 3).
Problems 8–11 (ch. 4).
Problem 14 (ch. 5).
Problems 12, 13 (ch. 6).
Our subject—being as such (ch. 1).
We must therefore study (1) substance—the central mode of being to which the other modes are related, (2) the species of being, (3) the species of unity, (4) the species of substance, (5) the species of plurality. Confirmations of the view that these form the subject of philosophical study (ch. 2).
We must study also the axioms and, primarily, the law of contradiction (ch. 3).
The law of contradiction established by pointing out the difficulties involved in its denial (ch. 4).
Refutation of the arguments for the denial of the law of contradiction, and for asserting that all appearances are true (ch. 5).
Refutation of Protagoras continued (ch. 6).
Law of excluded middle proved (ch. 7).
Falsity of the views that all judgements are true, or that all are false, that all things are at rest, or all in motion (ch. 8).
'Beginning' (ch. 1).
'Cause' (ch. 2).
'Element' (ch. 3).
'Nature' (ch. 4).
'Necessary' (ch. 5).
'One', 'Many' (ch. 6).
'Being' (ch. 7).
'Substance' (ch. 8).
'The Same', 'Other', 'Different', 'Like', 'Unlike' (ch. 9).
'Opposite', 'Contrary', 'Other in species', 'The same in species' (ch. 10).
'Prior', 'Posterior' (ch. 11).
'Potency', 'Capable', 'Incapacity', 'Incapable', 'Possible', 'Impossible' (ch. 12).
'Quantity' (ch. 13).
'Quality' (ch. 14).
'Relative' (ch. 15).
'Complete' (ch. 16).
'Limit' (ch. 17).
'That in virtue of which', 'In virtue of itself' (ch. 18)
'Disposition' (ch. 19).
'Having' or 'habit' (ch. 20).
'Affection' (ch. 21).
'Privation' (ch. 22).
'Have' or 'hold', 'In' (ch. 23).
'From' or 'out of' (ch. 24).
'Part' (ch. 25).
'Whole', 'Total', 'All' (ch. 26).
'Mutilated' (ch. 27).
'Kind', 'Other in kind' (ch. 28).
'False' (ch. 29).
'Accident' (ch. 30).
Division of theoretical sciences into physics, mathematics, theology (ch. 1).
Accidental being the subject of no science (ch. 2).
Nature and origin of accident (ch. 3).
Being as truth is not primary being (ch. 4).
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