Indeed, to be morally bankrupt is to be ugly, both inside and out. In an earlier work, Categories, Aristotle recorded a comprehensive list of what he considered to be beings. Substances, unlike other categories, are fully independent; their existences do not depend on the existence of anything else. This can get pretty abstract.
A person can be intelligent, for example, but the actual concept of intelligence cannot exist on its own, without a person to embody it. Metaphysics, unlike other scientific disciplines, is too broadly conceptualized to be broken down into more narrow interests, and must be studied as a single scholarly focus. Again, to what purpose did Aristotle create such an in-depth study of being in so far as being? Metaphysics was designed to lay the ground for all subsequent philosophies.
Before we can think more deeply, we must first understand the basic truths of our reality. All of it can be marked by a rejection of much of the work of Plato and Socrates. Aristotle always started by applying a subject of discussion to a grouping--thus, the creation of Categories. Aristotle thought the best way to engage in philosophical discourse was to look at everything in the world, both tangible and abstract, and assign categories to it.
Substance, which we discussed earlier, was the most important of these categories, but there are nine more: quantity, quality, relative, where, when, being in a position, having, acting on, and being affected by, all of which serve to distinguish things from one another. Using this basis, Aristotle believed we could get to the root of inherent truths of the universe. Very much enjoyed this course.
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It is the process of moving from premises to conclusions through question and answer between two individuals. Aristotle is clear that there is a difference between dialectic and ontology, the theory of reality. Even though his ontology does posit that everything is part of a whole, this argument is not seen as a property of dialectic.
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The individual. There is another fundamental feature of dialectic which results from its concern with that a specific individual knows or argues.
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Logic - according to Aristotle - attempts to establish a single, central universality. This essentially means that we are looking for propositions that state all something shares a particular property, or belongs to the same genus. Logic, in the end, is looking for the all of everything.
The aim of logic ultimately is to establish a single truth. However, dialectic accounts for two types of universality - the central and the peripheral. The central universality is the object of study of logic. The logician is seeking universals that describe objects and concepts with a single definition which is true in all cases. Dialectic can make use of both central universality, as established with logic, and also peripheral universality.
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But it is not - or at least not here - predicated on a long coherent chain of argument back to first principles as it would need to be to qualify as a central universality. In reality, every attempt to define the world relates to the person attempting such a definition. It is not possible, in the end, to be completely objective.
Even objectivity itself is defined by being separate to the subject. The real, human, subject is necessary to hold the concept of objectivity. Logic is nonetheless the attempt at establishing propositions which are universal and objective entirely, are free of the subject.
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