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Chapter 7: The First Exception to RCP; Singular and Universal 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199254192.003.0008

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

Chapter 7: The First Exception to RCP; Singular and Universal Assertions

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Aristotle now begins his investigation of contradictory pairs of assertions. ’Things’ are now divided into two types, universal and singular. Assertions may be divided likewise, and it is found that ’non‐universal assertions about universals’ (such as ’Man is pale’) do not necessarily obey the Rule of Contradictory Pairs (RCP) stating that one member of a contradictory pair is true and the other false (since the universal man is both pale and not pale, both ’Man is pale’ and ’Man is not pale’ are true). This chapter is closely allied to dialectic, in which the establishment of non‐universal statements about universals is of great importance, occupying books IV, V and VI of the Topics.

Keywords: Aristotle; assertion; contradictory; De Interpretatione; dialectic; rule of contradictory pairs; singular; Topics; universal

Chapter.  5139 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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