Chapter 2–3: The Name and Verb

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

Chapter 2–3: The Name and Verb

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Aristotle's definitions of the basic units of significant speech , and the way in which they are employed to form an assertion are seen here. Both 'signify something’, but the verb possesses a crucial additional role, the ’additional signification’ that its own signification and that of a ’name’ are combined, thus enabling an assertion to be true or false. The verb thus contains three elements: a basic signification, a copulative function equivalent to the role of the copula ’is’, and an indication of time, which forms a second type of ’additional signification’.

Keywords: Aristotle; assertion; copula; De Interpretatione; false; name; signification; speech; time; true; verb

Chapter.  15726 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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