The Title

C. W. A. Whitaker

in Aristotle's De Interpretatione

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780199254194
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598654 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

The Title

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The traditional title is an oddity. It has been explained as meaning ’On the Assertion’ (in accordance with the view that that is what the treatise is about) but the best translation is really ’On Language’. However, the title is never mentioned by Aristotle and is likely to be a later invention. ’On Contradiction’ or ’On the Contradictory Pair’ would be the most appropriate titles for the work's true preoccupations.

Keywords: Aristotle; contradiction; De Interpretatione; language; translation

Chapter.  966 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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