J. L. ACKRILL, Aristotle’s Categories and De Interpretatione. Translated with Notes (Clarendon Aristotle Series). Oxford, Clarendon Press, VII, p. Pr. sh. Aristotle’s Categories is a singularly important work of philosophy. It not only .. Ackrill finds Aristotle’s division of quality at best unmotivated. The Categories is a text from Aristotle’s Organon that enumerates all the possible kinds of Aristotle’s own text in Ackrill’s standard English version is: Of things.

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Aristotle’s Categories and De Interpretatione

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Hence, it cannot stand firm as a correct set of categories. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Likewise, aaristotle being is either present-in another or is not present-in another. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

It should be noted, however, that there is genuine disagreement over the extent to which Aristotle accepted the doctrine of being arisgotle appears in the Metaphysics when he wrote the Categories. Continental Philosophy categorize this paper. Nonetheless, Aristotle accepted a doctrine according to which properties in the world always inhere in a single subject.

First, anyone who is comfortable with relational properties will no doubt find Aristotle’s discussion somewhat confused. But this, one might argue, is appropriate for a metaphysically fundamental entity — we can say of it what it is not, but because catrgories is so basic, we lack the vocabulary to say in an informative way what it is.


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But it is not clear what such a kind would be except being, or perhaps the even more general kind thing; and as I have already said, not only does Aristotle reject the idea that being is a genus, but it is difficult to see what the relevant sense of thing is, if this is not simply another word for substance.

The latter has come to be known as inherence. Nonetheless, if the present interpretation is correct, Aristotle did accept what catehories appropriately called particularized properties. The universal whiteness is aristolte many primary substances but is only accidental to them.

Of course, there are quantities naturally associated with some of these species. Similarly, according to Aristotle, things in the world are not beings because they stand under some genus, being, but rather because they all stand in a relation to the primary being, which in the Categories he says is substance. Aristotle’s Categories and de Interpretatione.

Categories and De InterpretationeOxford: After all, someone might argue, everything exists. Although he does not explicitly make this claim, Aristotle’s argument, if cogent, would generalize to any proposal for a single highest kind.

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Moreover, it was by far the orthodox interpretation amongst Aristotle’s Medieval interpreters. If, on the other hand, we had begun asking that same question of Socrates’ color, say his whiteness, we would eventually have ended at the highest kind quality. It would seem, however, that for Aristotle things are toward something else insofar as a relational predicate applies to them.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. All we get for an answer from the Categories is that number is a discrete quantity.

As Moravscik formulates this view, the categories are those types of entity to which any sensible particular must be related. Of things said without any combination, each signifies either substance or quantity or qualification or a relative or where or when or being-in-a-position or having or doing or being-affected.

Any sensible particular, substance, event, sound, etc. That acknowledged, it is noteworthy that questions of both sorts owe their first formulations, ultimately, to the categorialism of Aristotle’s seminal work, the Categories.

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Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Duncombe – – Philosophical Quarterly 64 What is said “of” a subject describes the kind of thing that it is as a whole, answering the question “what is it?

Moreover, some aristtle the peculiarities of his list are nicely explained in this way.