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The Aim and the Argument of Aristotle's Metaphysics
Stephen Menn


Part One: The Project of the Metaphysics (A-E, with discussion of Iota and MN)

Ia1: The Metaphysics and the σκοπός of metaphysics {with an appendix}
Ia2: The strategy of progressive definition and the argument of A1-2
Ia3: Wisdom as περὶ ἀρχῶν: expectations of the ἀρχαί and the competing disciplines
Ia4: Wisdom as περὶ τἀγαθοῦ and the reconstruction of Platonism
Ia5: The Metaphysics and its constituent books {with an appendix}
Ib1: The function of the introductory books (AB) and the argument of A3-10
Ib2: The "methodological" aporiai (B1-4) and the program of Metaphysics Γff [Ib2abIb2c] {with an appendix}
Ib3: The "substantive" aporiai (B5-15) and the quarrel of the disciplines
Ib4: The question of separation
Ig1: The causes of being and the senses of being (ΔE)
Ig2: Iota and the attributes of being [Ig2aappendix to Ig2a, Ig2bc]
Ig3: The argument-structure of MN and their place in the Metaphysics


Part Two: The False Path (Z and H)

IIa1: Z and the project of the Metaphysics
IIa2: The questions of Z: what οὐσίαι there are and the οὐσία of a thing (Z1-3)
IIa3: Different ways of seeking the οὐσία of a thing and the plan of Z3-16
IIb1: Z3: the ὑποκείμενον: Aristotle's negative argument
IIb2: Aristotle's doctrine of a non-separate ὑποκείμενον
IIg1: Z4-6: Platonic forms are not needed as causes of being [IIg1a, IIg1b]
IIg2: Z7-9: Platonic forms are not needed as causes of becoming
IId: Z10-16: Physical and dialectical parts of the λόγος do not exist prior to the thing
IIe: Z17-H6: How to give the λόγος τῆς οὐσίας of a composite thing


Part Three: The True Path (Q and L)

IIIa1: Θ and the ongoing investigation περὶ ἀρχῶν
IIIa2: Θ1-6: δυνάμεις, τὸ ὂν δυνάμει, and the concept of ἐνέργεια
IIIa3: Θ7-9: conclusions for the ἀρχαί and the priority of ἐνέργεια
IIIb1: Introduction to Λ, and Λ1-5
IIIb2a: The strategy of Λ6 and the eternity of motion
IIIb2b: From eternal motion to its ἀρχή
IIIg1: Λ7: the ἀρχή as an object of thought and desire
IIIg2: Λ7, Λ9: the ἀρχή as νοῦς and as the good
IIIg3: Λ10: promises about the good redeemed, aporiai about the ἀρχαί resolved