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Definition and Demonstration: The Difficulties Raised in <i>Posterior Analytics Β</i>.3–7

David Charles

in Aristotle on Meaning and Essence

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597183 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019925673X.003.0008

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

 Definition and Demonstration: The Difficulties Raised in Posterior Analytics Β.3–7

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Aristotle argues in Posterior Analytics B.3–7 that accounts of definition unsupported by understanding of the explanatory structure of kinds are incapable of giving us knowledge of the nature of kinds. The formal or logical level of analysis needs to be supplemented by considerations drawn from a study of causes.

Keywords: Aristotle; definition; demonstration; natural kinds; Posterior Analytics

Chapter.  7257 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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