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Chapter 1: Significant Utterances

C. W. A. Whitaker

in Aristotle's De Interpretatione

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780199254194
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598654 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199254192.003.0003

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

Chapter 1: Significant Utterances

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The preliminary section of the treatise, a terse passage famous in the history of grammar and semantics, begins by setting out the relation between words, thoughts and things. Words are symbols, i.e. conventional tokens, for thoughts, as well as 'signs’ of things. Truth emerges from the correct or incorrect ’combination’ or 'separation’ (affirmation and negation) of these basic words in an assertion.

Keywords: affirmation; Aristotle; assertion; De Interpretatione; grammar; negation; semantics; symbols; thoughts; truth; words

Chapter.  11865 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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