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Method And Metaphor In Aristotle's Science Of Nature, Sean Michael Pead Coughlin Aug 2013

Method And Metaphor In Aristotle's Science Of Nature, Sean Michael Pead Coughlin

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This dissertation is a collection of essays exploring the role of metaphor in Aristotle’s scientific method. Aristotle often appeals to metaphors in his scientific practice; but in the Posterior Analytics, he suggests that their use is inimical to science. Why, then, does he use them in natural science? And what does his use of metaphor in science reveal about the nature of his scientific investigations? I approach these questions by investigating the epistemic status of metaphor in Aristotelian science. In the first essay, I defend an interpretation of metaphor as a type of heuristic reasoning: I claim that Aristotle ...