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Apparently, then, 'maxims' or 'principles' are self-evident truths of great generality
and abstractness. In fact they form an element of the Aristotelian theory of scientia
or scientific demonstration which was mentioned at the end of the last section.
Scientific knowledge is knowledge that something must be so and cannot be
otherwise. But to see that something is so and cannot be otherwise is to see why
it is so. And to see why it is so is to understand its causes. A cause is that from
In such cases the aim of a scientific demonstration would be the production of a
syllogistic argument such that the derivation of the conclusion from the premisses
mirrored the 'flowing' of the property from the form. As we have seen, the ...
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