Study Guide

The Nicomachean Ethics Book 6, Chapter 3 (1139b14-36)

By Aristotle

Book 6, Chapter 3 (1139b14-36)

  • The soul has five things that help humans get at truth: art, science, prudence, wisdom, and intellect.
  • Aristotle explains that "scientific knowledge" is incontestable knowledge—stuff we take for granted and accept as truth.
  • It "does not admit to being otherwise" and doesn't change.
  • Scientific knowledge can be taught through demonstration, either through induction or syllogism.
  • If we know the principles of something and they don't change, we have scientific knowledge.