Single Idea 1685

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / c. Aim of beliefs]

Full Idea

No one holds something as an opinion when he thinks that it is impossible for it to be otherwise - for then he thinks he understands it.

Gist of Idea

No one has mere belief about something if they think it HAS to be true


Aristotle (Posterior Analytics [c.327 BCE], 89a07)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Posterior Analytics (2nd ed)', ed/tr. Barnes,Jonathan [OUP 1993], p.45