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Alle Menschen streben von Natur nach Wissen


Ferber, Rafael (2014). Alle Menschen streben von Natur nach Wissen. Studia Philosophica:167-183.

Abstract

The article is the revised version of an inaugural lecture given at the University of Lucerne on 8 November 2001. In part I, I give an interpretation of the first sentence of the Aristotelian Metaphysics: ‘All men desire by nature to know’. In part II, I show how, for Aristotle, this desire to know constitutes a continuum from knowledge given by sense perception to knowledge of the first principles. In part III, I compare this Aristotelian conception to Plato’s more ‘existentialist’ approach, which implies the turning of a ‘whole soul’ rather than a continuum. Preferring the latter conception, I conclude with some hints of what I plan to do in the next years and give a short overview of the history of universities in Europe and Switzerland, ending with the University of Lucerne.

Abstract

The article is the revised version of an inaugural lecture given at the University of Lucerne on 8 November 2001. In part I, I give an interpretation of the first sentence of the Aristotelian Metaphysics: ‘All men desire by nature to know’. In part II, I show how, for Aristotle, this desire to know constitutes a continuum from knowledge given by sense perception to knowledge of the first principles. In part III, I compare this Aristotelian conception to Plato’s more ‘existentialist’ approach, which implies the turning of a ‘whole soul’ rather than a continuum. Preferring the latter conception, I conclude with some hints of what I plan to do in the next years and give a short overview of the history of universities in Europe and Switzerland, ending with the University of Lucerne.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:2014
Deposited On:20 Nov 2014 10:17
Last Modified:03 Jan 2017 08:17
Publisher:Schwabe
ISSN:0081-6825

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