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The Homonymy of Being

Christopher Shields

in Order in Multiplicity

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253074
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598401 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253072.003.0010

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

The Homonymy of Being

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One argument for the homonymy of goodness fails, because Aristotle attempts to show that it is derived from the homonymy of being; but being, as Shields argues in the final chapter, is not homonymous. Aristotle's most celebrated treatment of homonymy is his conception of the homonymy of being. The bulk of this chapter is a critique of five approaches to the homonymy of being. Shields considers and criticizes interpretations of Aristotle's attempts to establish the homonymy of being, including that of G.E.L. Owen, and of Michael Frede. The problem with the doctrine that being is homonymous, Shields argues, is that being as such is univocal; hence, it cannot be a core‐dependent homonym because it is not a homonym at all.

Keywords: core‐dependent homonym; Michael Frede; homonymy of being; G.E.L. Owen; univocal

Chapter.  24263 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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