Notes towards a Study of Substance and Essence in Aristotle's <i>Parts of Animals</i> II–IV

Allan Gotthelf

in Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199287956
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191738296 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

Notes towards a Study of Substance and Essence in Aristotle's Parts of Animals II–IV

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This chapter takes a close look at nine passages in PA (and IA) where Aristotle speaks of a part as present, or as having the character it does, in an organism because it is part of or required by the substance, or definition of the substance, or essence or definition of the organism. It then catalogues (i) these various ‘definitional’ relations, (ii) the objects of these definitions, and (iii) the contents of those definitions. One surprise is that there turns up among the contents of definitions, not only soul‐functions but certain parts (both uniform and non‐uniform) and certain ‘dimensional features’.

Keywords: Aristotle; Parts of Animals; substance; essence; definition; matter; kinds; deformed kinds

Chapter.  13227 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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