Aristotle's Psychology of Signification

October 26, 2017|
Aristotle's Psychology of Signification by Simon Noriega-Olmos
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This book reconstructs the theory of signification implicit in Aristotle's De Interpretatione and its psychological background in his writing De Anima, a project often envisioned by scholars but never systematically undertaken.

I begin by explaining what sort of phonetic material, according to Aristotle, can be a significans and a ph n . To that end, I provide a physiological account of which animal sounds count as ph n , as well as a psychological evaluation of the cognitive content of the ph nai under consideration in De Interpretatione names, verbs, and assertive sentences.

I then turn to no mata, which, for Aristotle, are the psychological reference and significata of names, verbs and assertive sentences. I explain what, for Aristotle, are the logical properties a significatum must have in order to be signified by the phonetic material of a name, verb or assertive sentence, and why no mata can fulfil those logical conditions.

Finally, I elucidate the significans-significatum relation without making use of the modern semantic triangle. This approach is consonant with Aristotle's methodology and breaks new ground by exploring the connection between the linguistic and psychological aspects of Aristotle's theory of signification.

Title:Aristotle's Psychology of Signification
Product dimensions:196 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:196 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.5 in
Published:October 26, 2017
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter Gmbh US SR
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9783110287653

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