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How Things Are

Studies in Predication and the History of Philosophy and Science

Part of the book series: Philosophical Studies Series (PSSP, volume 29)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • James Bogen
    Pages 1-19
  3. Forms and Compounds

    • D. K. Modrak
    Pages 85-99
  4. Buridan’s Ontology

    • Calvin Normore
    Pages 189-203
  5. Towards a Theory of Predication

    • Wilfrid Sellars
    Pages 285-322
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 323-345

About this book

One of the earliest and most influential treatises on the subject of this volume is Aristotle's Categories. Aristotle's title is a form of the Greek verb for speaking against or submitting an accusation in a legal proceeding. By the time of Aristotle, it also meant: to signify or to predicate. Surprisingly, the "predicates" Aristotle talks about include not only bits of language, but also such nonlinguistic items as the color white in a body and the knowledge of grammar in a man's soul. (Categories I/ii) Equally surprising are such details as Aristotle's use of the terms 'homonymy' and 'synonymy' in connection with things talked about rather than words used to talk about them. Judging from the evidence in the Organon, the Metaphysics, and elsewhere, Aristotle was both aware of and able to mark the distinction between using and men­ tioning words; and so we must conclude that in the Categories, he was not greatly concerned with it. For our purposes, however, it is best to treat the term 'predication' as if it were ambiguous and introduce some jargon to disambiguate it. Code, Modrak, and other authors of the essays which follow use the terms 'linguistic predication' and 'metaphysical predication' for this.

Keywords

  • Aristotle
  • Plato
  • Plotin
  • history of philosophy
  • language

Editors and Affiliations

  • Pitzer College, Claremont, USA

    James Bogen

  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

    James E. McGuire

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: How Things Are

  • Book Subtitle: Studies in Predication and the History of Philosophy and Science

  • Editors: James Bogen, James E. McGuire

  • Series Title: Philosophical Studies Series

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-5199-0

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1985

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-90-277-1583-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-010-8799-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-009-5199-0

  • Series ISSN: 0921-8599

  • Series E-ISSN: 2542-8349

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 345

  • Topics: Early Modern Philosophy

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Softcover Book USD 149.99
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