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Test Cases for Ontological Priority [PIB]

Michail Peramatzis

in Priority in Aristotle's Metaphysics

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588350
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728877 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588350.003.0013

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

Test Cases for Ontological Priority [PIB]

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The aim of Chapter 13 is to show that [PIB] is a notion which is employed, even if not directly explicated, by Aristotle even outside the context of Metaphysics Δ.11. To support this thesis, some relevant parts of Metaphysics Z.10 and Θ.8 will be examined. The argument is restricted to understanding the priority relations that Aristotle posits in these contexts on the basis of the notion of [PIB], which seems to work better than [PIE]. The cases under examination are the examples of right‐acute angles in Metaphysics Z.10, substance and form as actual being and matter as potential being in Metaphysics Θ.8. Finally, Chapter 13 explores the generalisability of the model of [PIB] to the cases of capacity possession and exercise, capacity and its exercise quite generally and eternal actual beings versus perishable beings.

Keywords: priority in being; priority in existence; substance; form; actual being; matter; potential being; capacity; capacity exercise; capacity possession; eternal actual being; perishable being

Chapter.  18417 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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