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This article claims that Aristotle a side conception of predication. On its statements make a uncomplicated statement of life that may be kind of certified. it's claimed that the facets idea solves many puzzles approximately Aristotle's philosophy and provides a brand new team spirit to his good judgment and metaphysics. The publication considers Aristotle's perspectives on predication relative to Greek philology, Aristotle's philosophical milieu, and the heritage and philosophy of predication concept. It bargains new views on such matters as existential import; the relation of "Categories" 2 and four; where of differentiae and propia; the predication of topic; unnatural predication; and the sq. of competition.

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19bl5-6] 40 Indeed, G. E. L. Owen claims that Aristotle confines himself largely to the existential sense o f ' b e ' . 4 1 Finally, even Kahn's own candidate for the fundamental sense of 'is' in ancient Greek does not differ too much from the aspect theory. He claims that, although the basic use is copulative, the most central such use is the 35 Charles Kahn, "Some Philosophical Uses o f ' B e ' in Plato," p. 106; "Retrospective on the Verb 'To Be' and the Concept of Being," p. 12; "Why Existence Does Not Emerge as a Distinctive Concept in Greek Philosophy," p.

121, tends toward a basic predicative 'is'. 'is true' or 'is so'. 35 He quotes as an example Protagoras' dictum·. " 36 But note how awkward the English is in a veridical translation. Why not read it as "of beings, how they exist"? Again, Plato speaks about what both is and is not. [Resp V 478D; 479D; cf. ] It is hard to take these uses o f ' i s ' veridically. , that Helen is and is not beautiful. 38 But, as Plato relegates individuals to a shadowy sort of imperfect existence, surely he is implying too that these individuals are not real and existent in the full sense.

Cf. Alexander, in An. Pr. 359,22- 311e. tence of something referred to by a subject term having a noun in apposition. 16 To take a complex example, but one germane to the following discussion, consider again "εστίν ού λευκόν ξύλον" ('it is a not-white log'). [An. Pr. 51b28] This could be translated as 'the log is not white' or 'there is a not-white log' or, more freely, 'there exists a non-white log'. In such cases it is hard to tell whether the verb, 'is' ('εστίν') should be taken copulatively, to connect subject and predicate complement, or existentially, to make an existence claim about a subject complex.

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