Michail Peramatzis

in Priority in Aristotle's Metaphysics

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588350
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728877 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series


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Priority is introduced as an asymmetric independence relation between prior and posterior items: a prior item is (or can be) without the posterior item, while the latter is not (or cannot be) without the former. Chapter 1 lays out this claim and clarifies fundamental points to be used in the rest of the book. It summarises the main theses and the line of argument of the whole book and discusses the Aristotelian philosophical method it adopts, which takes into account not only intensional considerations (about the content of philosophical concepts) but also extensional intuitions (about what satisfies these concepts).

Keywords: priority; asymmetric relations; independence; Aristotelian method; intensional‐extensional considerations

Chapter.  9713 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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