Chapter

Puzzles About Substance

Terence Irwin

in Aristotle's First Principles

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242901
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198242905.003.0004

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Puzzles About Substance

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This chapter explores the difficulty that arises from Aristotle’s doctrine of first substance. It first examines the conditions assumed in the Categories for being a basic subject. It then refers to Physics i to argue that the indeterminacy of common beliefs implies a fatal weakness in Aristotle’s defence of his own conception of basic subjects against the rival views that make only matter a basic subject.

Keywords: Aristotle; first substance; common beliefs; categories; physics

Chapter.  9419 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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