Metaphysica (Metaphysics) by Aristotle, Book Α, c. 2
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2. Characteristics of ‘wisdom’ (philosophy)


  • the wise man’s knowledge is not of particulars
  • the wise man’s knowledge knows things that are difficult, not things common to know (i.e. knowledge gleaned from the senses)
  • the man who is able to teach causes is generally the wiser
  • the higher form of knowledge is knowledge for its own sake, rather than knowledge for achieving results
  • the most exact of the sciences are those that deal with primary things
  • theoretical knowledge is more capable of teaching causes
  • through primary things and causes we know other things and causes
  • the most fundamental science is the one that “discerns the end for which each thing must be done”
  • philosophy arose out of wonder at the heavenly bodies and curiosity about the origins of the universe, and is therefore knowledge for its own sake
  • this is the one science that is divine if any science is