In which of Aristotle's works does he say it's impossible to do philosophy and its methodology simultaneously?

  • IMO, "methodology" is not an Aristotelian word. May 7, 2019 at 18:49
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA Yes, that's true. The quote I'm looking for is more along "one cannot do physics and figure out how to do physics at the same time".
    – Geremia
    May 7, 2019 at 18:52

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Metaphysics 995a10 [174.]:

ἄτοπον ἅμα ζητεῖν ἐπιστήμην καὶ τρόπον ἐπιστήμης

it is absurd to search simultaneously for knowledge and for the method of acquiring it

Ross's translation: "it is absurd to seek at the same time knowledge and the way of attaining knowledge"

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