Aristotle's empiricist theory of doxastic knowledge

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Aristotle takes practical wisdom and arts or crafts to be forms of knowledge which, we argue, can usefully be thought of as 'empiricist'. This empiricism has two key features: knowledge does not rest on grasping unobservable natures or essences; and knowledge does not rest on grasping logical relations that hold among propositions. Instead, knowledge rests on observation, memory, experience and everyday uses of reason. While Aristotle's conception of theoretical knowledge does require grasping unobservable essences and logical relations that hold among suitable propositions, his conception of practical and productive knowledge avoids such requirements and is consistent with empiricism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-464
Number of pages34
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • Aristotle
  • Empiricism
  • Epistemology
  • Rationalism


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