Aristotle on Meaning and Essence

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David Charles presents a major new study of Aristotle's views on meaning, essence, necessity, and related topics. These interconnected views are central to Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science, and are also highly relevant to current philosophical debates. Charles aims to reach a clear understanding of Aristotle's claims and arguments, to assess their truth, and to evaluate their importance to ancient and modern philosophy.
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Overview

David Charles presents a major new study of Aristotle's views on meaning, essence, necessity, and related topics. These interconnected views are central to Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science, and are also highly relevant to current philosophical debates. Charles aims to reach a clear understanding of Aristotle's claims and arguments, to assess their truth, and to evaluate their importance to ancient and modern philosophy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199256730
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2003
  • Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Charles is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Oriel College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1. Meaning, Essence, and Necessity
2. Aristotle on Signification, Understanding, and Thought Posterior Analytics B. 8-10
3. Preparation for the Three-Stage View
4. The Signification of Names
5. Signification and Thought
6. Understanding, Thought, and Meaning
7. Aristotle on Definition, Essence, and Natural Kinds Definition and Demonstration
8. Demonstration and Definition
9. Towards a Unified Theory of Definition
10. Explanation and Definition
11. Substance, Definition, and Essence
12. Biology, Classification, and Essence
13. Aristotle's Essentialism
Appendix 1: Aristotle on the Principle of Non-Contradiction
Appendix 2: Essence, Necessity, and the Copula

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