Aristotle's philosopher-God

In: Phronesis
Author: Richard Norman1
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  • 1 Birkbeck College, London
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63 Aristotle's philosopher-God RICHARD NORMAN n chapters VII and IX of Metaphysics XII, Aristotle argues that t the activity of the Prime Mover is to "think itself". The way in which his argument has been interpreted by many recent com- mentators is exemplified in the following summary by Ross (Aristotle p. 182) : "Now knowledge, when not dependent, as in man, on sense and imagination, must be of that which is the best; and that which is the best is God. The object of his knowledge is therefore him- self." This argument can be represented by the following syllogistic schema:

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