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Aristotle’s architectonic sciences


© 2015, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved. Aristotle rejected the idea of a single, overarching super-science or “theory of everything,” and he presented a powerful and influential critique of scientific unity. In theory, each science observes the facts unique to its domain, and explains these by means of its own proper principles. But even as he elaborates a prohibition on kind-crossing explanations (Posterior Analytics 1.6–13), Aristotle points out that there are important exceptions – that some sciences are “under” others in that they depend for their explanations on the principles of a superior (more architectonic) science.

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