Chapter 5: Simple and Compound 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 5: Simple and Compound Assertions

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This chapter offers two criteria for the unity of an assertion: the semantic claim that a single assertion is one which claims one thing about one thing, and the syntactic claim that an assertion may be ’one by conjunction’. After a discussion, the semantic criterion is preferred. There is also an argument that no single word can be an answer to a question, which accords with Aristotle's view of the dialectical question as the demand for the answerer to assent to one out of two assertions.

Keywords: Aristotle; assertion; compound; conjunction; De Interpretatione; dialectical question; question; semantic; unity

Chapter.  1484 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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