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p. 244. Collecting Factslocked

p. 244. Collecting Factslocked

  • Jonathan Barnes


‘Collecting Facts’ examines Aristotle’s research methods. While much of his work was based on his own study and observations, he also relied on the expertise of others. Written sources were often available, though of limited use in his zoological researches. Many of Aristotle’s discussions begin with a brief history of the question at issue, setting out in summary form the opinions advanced by his predecessors. Aristotle had a strong sense of intellectual history and of his own place in it. He stressed the value of ‘reputable opinions’ — something believed by all or most men — and had a clear idea of the importance of tradition in the growth of knowledge.

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