J. L. ACKRILL, Aristotle’s Categories and De Interpretatione. Translated with Notes (Clarendon Aristotle Series). Oxford, Clarendon Press, VII, p. Pr. sh. Aristotle’s Categories is a singularly important work of philosophy. It not only .. Ackrill finds Aristotle’s division of quality at best unmotivated. The Categories is a text from Aristotle’s Organon that enumerates all the possible kinds of Aristotle’s own text in Ackrill’s standard English version is: Of things.

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The division proceeds by way of two concepts: Loux agrees in part with such a sentiment, arguing that the thesis makes catgeories but transcategorial reference impossible, thereby rendering a statement of the thesis that being is said in many ways impossible as well. On Aristotle’s CategoriesSteven K.

He claims, strikingly, that the category of xristotle flows from form and that the category of quantity flows from matter. It is indeed hard to see.

Categories and De Interpretatione

First, as I have already noted, Aristotle gives pride of place in this scheme to primary substances. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Please try again later. All we get for an answer from the Categories is that number is a discrete quantity. The akrill concerning the origin of the categories can be raised by asking the most difficult question there dategories about any philosophical position: Nonetheless, Aristotle’s equating an increase in generality with a decrease in substantiality is at least in spirit strongly anti-Platonic.


See all 5 reviews. Moreover, some of the peculiarities of his list are nicely explained in this way.

Hence, it is tempting to shift to an interpretation according to which Aristotle is after all focused on linguistically characterized items.

Cornell University Press, Unfortunately, he does not define the said-of relation; and his definition of the present-in relation is either circular or rests on an undefined concept of being in. But not being said-of is not one of Aristotle’s categories. Studies in Predication and the History of PhilosophyDordrecht: Substance, Form and Psyche: Get to Know Us. Posterior Analytics Clarendon Aristotle Series. Ackrill is at University of Oxford.

Categories and De Interpretatione – Aristotle – Oxford University Press

It must aritsotle admitted that it is difficult to say exactly what it means to say that a particular is non-accidental.

On Aristotle’s Categories 1—4M. But matter is not a highest kind. To raise just one, we can ask: The Modal Approach, which traces to Bonitz and has most recently been defended by Julius Moravscikavoids the defects of both the previous two approaches. Now, non-accidental beings that are universals are most naturally described as essential, while non-accidental ackrilp that are particulars are best described simply as non-accidental.

Continental Philosophy categorize this paper. Physics The New Hackett Aristotle. So again we are once again f forced to admit just how difficult it is to pin down a precise interpretation of Aristotle’s work. Although I think that this latter interpretation is probably the one that best withstands close textual scrutiny, the general character of the second system of classification is most easily seen by focusing on the extra-linguistic interpretation. Witt, University of New Hampshire.


But the mode of determination of the subject, in regard to action or passion, is considered in the second and third species of quality. According to Owen, Aristotle did not accept the ackkrill of non-substantial particulars.

In Physics III 3, however, Aristotle argues that in the world there is only motion and that the distinction between action and passion lies in the way in which one is considering the motion. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Les Etudes Philosophiques 20 3: According to Kant, Aristotle’s list of categories was the result of an unsystematic, albeit brilliant, bit of philosophical brainstorming.

Aristotle divides quality as follows 8b26—10a This approach is quite involved but for our purposes can be illustrated with a few examples. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. In the Predicamenta, Aristotle discusses in detail the categories of substance 2a12—4b19categofies 4b20—6a36relatives 6a37—8b24and quality 8b25—11a39and provides a cursory treatment of the other categories 11b1— Although the latter part of the Categories is interesting, it is not clear that it is integral to either of Aristotle’s classificatory schemes.

Each of these questions is interesting and worth arustotle. And we can answer: