Core‐Dependent Homonymy

Christopher Shields

in Order in Multiplicity

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253074
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598401 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

Core‐Dependent Homonymy

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The last chapter of Part I is an examination of the general framework of core‐dependent homonymy, Aristotle's most striking use of homonymy for philosophical purposes. If Aristotle can establish both non‐univocity and core dependence for some central philosophical concepts, then he can justifiably claim to have introduced a powerful methodology for rejecting Platonism, while retaining a constructive approach to philosophical analysis. But this is possible only if Aristotle can show that some homonyms associate. In this chapter, Shields articulates and defends Aristotle's method of core dependence for finding unity and multiplicity. Shields develops a general framework for core‐dependent homonymy such that these homonyms are determinate, yet open ended, being related by one of the four causes to each other.

Keywords: constructive philosophical analysis; core‐dependent homonymy; methodology; multiplicity; Platonism; unity

Chapter.  10886 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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