Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta by Jonathan Beere

Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta

byJonathan Beere

Kobo ebook | October 29, 2009

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Doing and Being confronts the problem of how to understand two central concepts of Aristotle's philosophy: energeia and dunamis. While these terms seem ambiguous between actuality/potentiality and activity/capacity, Aristotle did not intend them to be so. Through a careful and detailed reading of Metaphysics Theta, Beere argues that we can solve the problem by rejecting both "actuality" and "activity" as translations of energeia, and by working out an analogical conception of energeia. This approach enables Beere to discern a hitherto unnoticed connection between Plato's Sophist and Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta, and to give satisfying interpretations of the major claims that Aristotle makes in Metaphysics Theta, the claim that energeia is prior in being to capacity (Theta 8) and the claim that any eternal principle must be perfectly good (Theta 9).

Title:Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics ThetaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 29, 2009Publisher:Oup OxfordLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0191607185

ISBN - 13:9780191607189

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