Chapter 4. Aristotle's Theory of Demonstration

  1. Georgios Anagnostopoulos Professor
  1. Robin Smith Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch4

A Companion to Aristotle

A Companion to Aristotle

How to Cite

Smith, R. (2009) Aristotle's Theory of Demonstration, in A Companion to Aristotle (ed G. Anagnostopoulos), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch4

Editor Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Author Information

  1. Texas A&M University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122238

Online ISBN: 9781444305661



  • Aristotle's Theory of Demonstration and scientific syllogism;
  • necessity and predication through itself;
  • demonstrations, universals, and objects of scientific knowledge;
  • route to the principles;
  • axioms, common principles, and self-evidence;
  • demonstration and analysis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Necessity and Predication “Through Itself”

  • Demonstrations, Universals, and the Objects of Scientific Knowledge

  • The Route to the Principles

  • Axioms, Common Principles, and Self-evidence

  • Demonstration and Analysis

  • Bibliography