Aristotle on Meaning and Essence by David Charles

By David Charles

David Charles offers an incredible new examine of Aristotle's perspectives on which means, essence, necessity, and similar themes. those interconnected perspectives are relevant to Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of technological know-how, and also are hugely suitable to present philosophical debates. Charles goals to arrive a transparent knowing of Aristotle's claims and arguments, to evaluate their fact, and to guage their value to historic and glossy philosophy.

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It has been suggested that ‘in this way’ should be taken to refer rather to grasp on Stage 1 or Stages 1 and 2. However, both these alternatives are problematic. It is not at all clear (with regard to the first option) why it should be difficult to grasp an account of what a name signifies in cases where we do not know that the kind exists. Indeed, Aristotle envisages that this is just what we do when we do grasp an account of what the name signifies in the case of ‘goatstag’ or indeed ‘triangle’ (cf.

36 But this bi-conditional claim can be interpreted in several ways. For my modern essentialist, essential features are made such because we have a set of definitional procedures. These definitional procedures are conventional, and embedded in our grasp of natural-kind terms. Metaphysical priority is given to the right-hand side of (*). For the Platonist, by contrast, essential features are there to be seen, graspable by anyone capable of 33 Kripke, Naming and Necessity, 138. 34 Kripke, Naming and Necessity, 164.

Stage 2: There are plane figures with three angles. So triangles exist. On the basis of the Stage 1 account, the most that one can claim to know is that triangles, if they exist, are plane figures with three angles. 7, 92b16–18). ’ question (Stage 3). For, one might seek to detect that feature of the triangle from which its three-angledness follows. 69 On the role of constructive proof, see I. , 1981) and W. Knorr ‘Construction as Existence Proof in Ancient Geometry’, Ancient Philosophy 3 (1983), 125–47.

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