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Aristotle’s Metaphysics V 7 Revisited


Weiner, Sebastian (2015). Aristotle’s Metaphysics V 7 Revisited. Apeiron, 48(4):407-426.

Abstract

Aristotle’s discussion of ‘to be’, presented in his Metaphysics V 7, has been much debated. Most scholars explain the Aristotelian ‘to be’ kata symbebêkos as a result of a so called ‘unnatural predication’. By accepting this reading, Aristotle’s distinction becomes necessarily blurred. The same holds with respect to Ross’ reading of the passage according to which ‘to be’ kath’ hauto is restricted to essential predications. The purpose of this paper is to show the inappropriateness of both readings and to offer a better one. In doing so, I will argue that Aristotle’s concern is neither about various uses of the verb ‘to be’ in Ancient Greek nor about types of predication, but on ontology and its pitfalls

Abstract

Aristotle’s discussion of ‘to be’, presented in his Metaphysics V 7, has been much debated. Most scholars explain the Aristotelian ‘to be’ kata symbebêkos as a result of a so called ‘unnatural predication’. By accepting this reading, Aristotle’s distinction becomes necessarily blurred. The same holds with respect to Ross’ reading of the passage according to which ‘to be’ kath’ hauto is restricted to essential predications. The purpose of this paper is to show the inappropriateness of both readings and to offer a better one. In doing so, I will argue that Aristotle’s concern is neither about various uses of the verb ‘to be’ in Ancient Greek nor about types of predication, but on ontology and its pitfalls

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aristotle; Metaphysics; ontology; accidental; being
Language:English
Date:1 October 2015
Deposited On:21 Apr 2016 15:02
Last Modified:02 Jun 2016 03:07
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0003-6390
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2012-0035
Official URL:http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/apeiron.2015.48.issue-4/apeiron-2012-0035/apeiron-2012-0035.xml?format=INT

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