What Aristotle means by "Theology"

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD student of ancient philosophy is SBU, Iran

2 Department of Philosophy, SBU, IRan



Most scholars take Aristotle's Theology as Tanzihi, according to which the philosopher tries to refine and rationalize the principle ideas which are given in a certain religion. Some other scholars, on the other hand, deny such a theology in Aristotle and believe that there is an analogical model between Aristotle's Theology and First Philosophy. In this paper both views have been criticized and a third view has been proposed according to which the philosopher encounters the divinity in the course of his philosophizing and bears a rational experience of divinity. So religion is not the basis of First Philosophy for Aristotle, but is its outcome