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Aristotle's Theory of Substance: The Categories and Metaphysics Zeta
     

Aristotle's Theory of Substance: The Categories and Metaphysics Zeta

by Michael V. Wedin
 

Michael Wedin argues against the prevailing notion that Aristotle's views on the nature of reality are fundamentally inconsistent. According to Wedin's new interpretation, the difference between the early theory of the Categories and the later theory of the Metaphysics reflects the fact that Aristotle is engaged in quite different projects in the two works—the

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Michael Wedin argues against the prevailing notion that Aristotle's views on the nature of reality are fundamentally inconsistent. According to Wedin's new interpretation, the difference between the early theory of the Categories and the later theory of the Metaphysics reflects the fact that Aristotle is engaged in quite different projects in the two works—the earlier focusing on ontology, and the later on explanation.

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"Michael Wedin has written the equivalent for Aristotle of what biblical scholars would call a 'harmony of the gospels.' It is a wonderfully rich and argumentatively dense reconstruction of Aristotle's two most important treatises on substance, the Categories and Metaphysics Zeta, works that many of our most able Aristotle scholars have declared irreconcilable....Both the magisterial scope of this fine book and its rich detail are worthy of the great treatises it examines. Since Wedin works out his own positions with explicit and detailed reference to some of the most careful recent scholarship on these works, his book will no doubt be subjected to intense scrutiny and thorough debate. It deserves nothing less."—Journal of the History of Philosophy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199253081
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/12/2002
Series:
Oxford Aristotle Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wedin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis.

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