Chapter 11: Sophistic Puzzles Concerning Simple and Complex 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 11: Sophistic Puzzles Concerning Simple and Complex Assertions

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This chapter takes up the question of simple and complex assertions from Chs. 5 and 8. This thinking is applied to solving sophisms involving double predications, such as ’Is Socrates a pale walking man?’, different parts of which demand different answers. There is a discussion here of dialectical questions, and what kinds of assertions constitute proper answers. This chapter is closely tied to discussions in the Topics and Sophistic Refutations. Like the discussion of RCP in Chs. 7 to 9, it is aimed at drawing the line between the safe ground of genuine dialectic, and the dangerous region of questions, which seem to have answers, but do not.

Keywords: Aristotle; assertion; complex; De Interpretatione; double predication; predication; rule of contradictory pairs; simple; sophism; Sophistic Refutations; Topics

Chapter.  2542 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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