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This book is a treatise on dialectical argument, a practice perhaps as old as human language, systemized for the first time by Aristotle. This seminal text offers many important insights into his conception of logic, his development of the notion of the predicables, and his ideas on the method of philosophical inquiry itself. Aristotle's works have influenced science, reli ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 28th 2005 by NuVision Publications (first published -350)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Nobody reads the Topics?

I read it ages ago and would like to revisit it soonish. Because it seems to me that it could serve well as a possible alternative to the dogmatic position that things like aesthetic judgements are irreducibly subjective and capricious. That is, how to talk about a region of experience which is not submittable to an analysis built upon self-evident and apodictic foundational first-principles.

[from the first paragraph, 100a20, ff] "Our treatise proposes to find a line of
May 30, 2010 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a discussion of proper argumentation, or the rules of dialectics. It is as intellectually engaging as the rest of the Organon, and quite insightful as it relates to rhetoric and philosophy. It is, I believe, superior to the Art of Rhetoric in its system, though it lacks the psychological survey of the emotions. In accordance with the categories, definition, genus, accident, and property are examined. Accordingly, insights applicable to all walks of life are discovered: for the narrow min ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Livia rated it really liked it
Establishing a clear system of dialectical categories, Aristotle proffers a meticulous inquiry into the rules and form of dialectical argumentation and in doing so provides with some fascinating nuggets of ethical and metaphysical philosophizing. A particularly enjoyable addition to the Organon. Don't miss it friends
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May 15, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it liked it
Topics by Aristotle translated by W. A. Pickard-Cambridge is a book dealing with reasoning by using the dialectic. Dialectical reasoning is at the heart of most ancient philosophy where two parties discuss a point which is expressed as a question with a yes or no answer. Examples that people may be familiar with include Plato's Socratic dialogues as well as the book of Job in the Bible. The basic idea of a dialectic argument is a theses and so Aristotle starts his discussion by stating what type ...more
Jul 28, 2016 Aislan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(Greece: Αριστοτέλης)
(Arabic: أرسطوطاليس)
(Bulgarian: Аристотел)
(Russian: Аристотель)

Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) numbers among the greatest philosophers of all time. Judged solely in terms of his philosophical influence, only Plato is his peer: Aristotle's works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance, and even today continue to be studied with keen, non-antiquaria
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