In Aristotle on the Category of Relation, Pamela Hood challenges the view that Aristotle's conception of relation is so divergent from our own that it does not count as a theory of relation at all. Professor Hood examines Aristotle's various treatments of relation and relational entities with a special focus on Aristotle's two central texts on relation, Categories 7 and Metaphysics V.15. While the common view is that Aristotle does not have, and indeed could not have, a theory that accounts for dyadic relations, Hood's analysis reveals Aristotle's deep commitment to the dyadic nature of relation. She also unearths a feature in Aristotle's relational theory that appears to account not only for the terms of a dyadic relation, but also for the relation itself. This book presents compelling evidence that Aristotle's theory of relation is more robust than originally suspected.
Pamela M. Hood is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgment Chapter 3 Part One: The Exegesis: The Critic's Charges: Introduction; Aristotle's Meta-ontology; Aristotle's Category Theory; Aristotle's Philosophy of Language, Logic, and Science; Treatment of Relation in the Corpus Chapter 4 Categories 7: Aristotle's First Account of Relatives; The Four Sets of Examples; The Marks of Relatives; The aporia Regarding Substance; Aristotle's Second Account of Relatives; The Being Component; The Holding Somehow Component; Is L Chapter 5 Metaphysics V.15: The First Classification Scheme; Numerical Relatives; Functional Relatives; Intentional Relatives; Te Second Classification Scheme; Things Relative By Their Nature; Accidental Relatives; Summary Chapter 6 Part Two: The Problems and Solutions: Interpreting Aristotle's Relatives: Introduction; Ackrill's Interpretation of Relatives; Mignucci's Interpretation of Relatives; Morales's Interpretation of Relatives; Disparity Between the Commentat Chapter 7 Epistemological Issues: Aristotle's Substance Argument; Overview of the Knowing Definitely Criterion; Ackrill's Interpretation of the Knowing Definitely Criterion; Mignucci's Interpretation of the Knowing Definitely Criterion; Morales's Interpretati Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Notes Chapter 10 Bibliography Chapter 11 Index