Chapter 4: Phrases and Assertions

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 4: Phrases and Assertions

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Aristotle moves on to define longer utterances, distinguishing those, which possess truth‐value, from those such as prayers, which do not. Also, no single word can be an assertion, since an assertion must represent a predicate as truly holding of a subject; similarly, no part of a word can have signification. At best, the elements of a compound word can only ’tend to signify’.

Keywords: Aristotle; assertion; De Interpretatione; phrase; predicate; signification; subject; truth; word

Chapter.  1206 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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