Evidence for Priority in Being [PIB] in <i>Metaphysics</i> Δ.11

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

Evidence for Priority in Being [PIB] in Metaphysics Δ.11

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The notion of priority in being [PIB] set out in Chapter 8 successfully accommodates the discussion developed in Metaphysics Δ.11, while priority in existence [PIE] faces serious problems, if it does not completely fail. The argument for this thesis is twofold. (i) While the notions of subjecthood, potential being and actual being, as introduced in Metaphysics Δ.11 and set out in the wider context of Metaphysics Δ, render [PIE] problematic, they work well in the framework of [PIB]. (ii) The distinctions drawn in Metaphysics Δ.11 between priority in respect of potential being or destruction and priority in respect of actual being or generation, and the examples offered to clarify these distinctions clearly favour [PIB] as an understanding of the relevant types of ontological priority. By contrast, [PIE] does not seem to work satisfactorily.

Keywords: priority in being; priority in existence; subject; subjecthood; potential being; actual being; generation; destruction

Chapter.  5285 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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