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Towards a Unified Theory of Definition: <i>Posterior Analytics</i> Β.13–15

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.003.0010

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

 Towards a Unified Theory of Definition: Posterior Analytics Β.13–15

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Aristotle, in the Posterior Analytics, connects his account of definition and explanation with the theory of division. The features that figure in the relevant explanation include those that distinguish the kind in its relevant genus. His account of differentiation into genera and species is strongly interconnected with his explanation‐involving account of definition.

Keywords: Aristotle; definition; demonstration; division; explanation; genera; natural kinds; Posterior Analytics; species

Chapter.  10990 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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