Order in Multiplicity

Order in Multiplicity : Homonymy in the Philosophy of Aristotle

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Aristotle attaches particular significance to the homonymy of many central concepts in philosophy and science: that is, to the diversity of ways of being common to a single general concept. His preoccupation with homonymy influences his approach to almost every subject that he considers, and it clearly structures the philosophical methodology that he employs both when criticizing others and when advancing his own positive theories. Where there is homonymy there is
multiplicity: Aristotle aims to find the order within this multiplicity, and believes that doing so is crucial to scientific inquiry and philosophical progress.
Christopher Shields investigates and evaluates Aristotle's approach to questions about homonymy, characterizing the metaphysical and semantic commitments necessary to establish the homonymy of a given concept. Then, in a series of case-studies, Shields examines in detail some of Aristotle's principal applications of homonymy-to the body, sameness and oneness, life, goodness, and being. Shields's aim is not only to give a fuller understanding of Aristotle's methodology and to illuminate his
specific doctrines in a variety of areas, but to show that this methodology remains fruitful today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 17mm | 450g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199253072
  • 9780199253074
  • 2,330,113

Table of contents

PART I: HOMONYMY AS SUCH ; PART II: HOMONYMY AT WORK
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Shields...illuminates and technically formalizes an aspect of ancient dialectics, if not also some small corner of a more profound puzzle of language. * Choice * This volume is quite helpful and makes a significant contribution to contemporary Aristotelian studies. * Religious Studies Review * In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Shields provides....a taxonomy of homonymy which shall be of great benefit to scholars wanting to pursue research on certain key Aristotelian concepts, such as 'justice,' 'friendship,' and 'cause'. * Ethics * Shields...illuminates and technically formalizes an aspect of ancient dialectics, if not also some small corner of a more profound puzzle of language. * Choice * This volume is quite helpful and makes a significant contribution to contemporary Aristotelian studies. * Religious Studies Review *
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About Christopher Shields

Christopher Shields is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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