Simplicius: On Aristotle Categories 1-4

Simplicius: On Aristotle Categories 1-4

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Simplicius' commentary on Aristotle's Categories' is the most comprehensive philosophical critique of the work ever written, representing 600 years of criticism. In his Categories, Aristotle divides what exists in the sensible world into ten categories of Substance, Quantity, Relative, Quality and so on. Simplicius starts with a survey of previous commentators, and an introductory set of questions about Aristotle's philosophy and about the Categories in particular. The commentator, he says, needs to present Plato and Aristotle as in harmony on most things. Why are precisely ten categories named, given that Plato did with fewer distinctions? We have a survey of views on this. And where in the scheme of categories would one fit a quality that defines a substance? - under substance or under quality? In his own commentary, Porphyry suggested classifying a defining quality as something distinct, a substantial quality, but others objected that this would constitute an eleventh. The most persistent question dealt with here is whether the categories classify words, concepts, or things.
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  • Electronic book text | 256 pages
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Digital)
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • United Kingdom
  • Revised ed.
  • 1472500504
  • 9781472500502

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Textual Emendations TRANSLATION Notes Bibliography English-Greek Glossary Greek-English Index Index of Passages Cited Subject Index
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Author information

Dr Michael Chase is Research Engineer at the National Centre of Scientific Research (Paris), and Assistant Editor at L'Annee Philologique.
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