By David Charles

David Charles offers an enormous new learn of Aristotle's perspectives on which means, essence, necessity, and similar themes. those interconnected perspectives are valuable to Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of technology, and also are hugely appropriate to present philosophical debates. Charles goals to arrive a transparent figuring out of Aristotle's claims and arguments, to evaluate their fact, and to guage their value to historical and sleek philosophy.

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But it is difficult to understand in this way [viz. ’ question] things which we do not know to exist. We have stated the source of this difficulty above: that we do not know whether or not the thing exists, except in an accidental way. [C] An account may be one in two ways: either by being stitched together, like the Iliad, or because it shows that one thing belongs to one thing nonaccidentally. ’ question. In this way the first type of definition signifies [something] but does not prove anything, whereas the latter type will clearly be like a demonstration of what F is, differing from a demonstration in the arrangement of terms.

Stage 2: This stage is achieved when one knows that what is signified by a name or name-like expression exists (section [B]: 93b32). ’ question is (in this context) to be identified with the essence of the phenomenon (see Post. An. 8, 93 4). Some might refer to the essence (so understood) as the basic essence and allow other derived features also to be part of the essence. ). Both types of feature need to be distinguished from any non-accidental features which are not (for any reason) part of the essence.

An. 8, 93 4). Some might refer to the essence (so understood) as the basic essence and allow other derived features also to be part of the essence. ). Both types of feature need to be distinguished from any non-accidental features which are not (for any reason) part of the essence. 810: THE THREE-STAGE VIEW 25 Stage 1 is, apparently, distinguished from Stage 2, since it is the answer (in the case of a name) to the question: What does ‘triangle’ signify? and not to the question: Does the triangle exist?

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