Aristotle on Meaning and Essence by David Charles

Aristotle on Meaning and Essence

byDavid Charles

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David Charles presents a major study of Aristotle's views on meaning, essence, and necessity. Aristotle's discussions of these interconnected topics are central to his account of thought and language, his metaphysics, and his study of biology. They are also of continuing philosophicalimportance, with considerable relevance for modern debates on these issues. Charles aims, on the basis of a careful and detailed reading of Aristotle's texts, to reach a clear understanding of his distinctive claims and arguments, and to assess their value and significance. He argues thatAristotle's actual account is distinct from the one often described and attacked as 'Aristotelian essentialism'. Indeed, in Charles's view, it enjoys considerable advantages over more recent attempts to formulate and defend essentialist theses.

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David Charles is at Oriel College, University of Oxford.
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Title:Aristotle on Meaning and EssenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:426 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Meaning, Essence, and NecessityAristotle on Signification, Understanding, and Thought2. Posterior Analytics B. 8-103. Preparation for the Three-Stage View4. The Signification of Names5. Signification and Thought6. Understanding, Thought, and MeaningAristotle on Definition, Essence, and Natural Kinds7. Definition and Demonstration8. Demonstration and Definition9. Towards a Unified Theory of Definition10. Explanation and Definition11. Substance, Definition, and Essence12. Biology, Classification, and Essence13. Aristotle's EssentialismAppendix 1: Aristotle on the Principle of Non-ContradictionAppendix 2: Essence, Necessity, and the Copula

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`Aussi raffine du point de vue philologique qu'ambitieux du point de vue philosophique, ce livre exige de la part du lecteur une attention empressee.'Jonathan Barnes, Museum Helveticum