Aristotle's "De Interpretatione": Contradiction and Dialectic (Oxford Aristotle Studies)

Aristotle's "De Interpretatione": Contradiction and Dialectic (Oxford Aristotle Studies)

By: C.W.A. Whitaker (author)Hardback

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Aristotle's treatise De Interpretatione is one of his central works; it continues to be the focus of much attention and debate. C. W. A. Whitaker presents the first systematic study of this work, and offers a radical new view of its aims, its structure, and its place in Aristotle's system, basing this view upon a detailed chapter-by-chapter analysis. By treating the work systematically, rather than concentrating on certain selected passages, Dr Whitaker is able to show that, contrary to traditional opinion, it forms an organized and coherent whole. He argues that the De Interpretatione is intended to provide the underpinning for dialectic, the system of argument by question and answer set out in Aristotle's Topics; and he rejects the traditional view that the De Interpretatione concerns the assertion and is oriented towards the formal logic of the Prior Analytics. In doing so, he sheds valuable new light on some of Aristotle's most famous texts.

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C. W. A. Whitaker was trained in classics and philosophy at the Universities of Cambridge and Chicago; he is now Research Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge.


Introduction ; 1. Significant Utterances ; 2-3 The Name and Verb ; 4. Phrases and Assertions ; 5. Simple and Compound Assertions ; 6. Contradictory Pairs ; 7. Singular and Universal Assertions ; 8. Hidden Complex Assertions ; 9. Future Singular Assertions ; 10. Assertions and Inferences ; 11. Puzzles concerning Simple and Complex Assertions ; 12. Modal Assertions ; 13. More on Modal Assertions ; 14. Contrary Beliefs ; Conclusion ; Appendices ; Bibliography ; Index

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  • publication date: 07/11/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780198236191
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780198236191
  • weight: 453
  • ISBN10: 0198236190

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