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Notes on Prior Analytics II 22.68a16–21

Notes on Prior Analytics II 22.68a16–21 AbstractAt Prior Analytics II 22.68a16–21, Aristotle argues that if A is predicated of all B and C and nothing else, and B is predicated of all C, then A and B convert. In justifying his argument, however, he appears to claim that B is not predicated of all A. This claim has long been a cause of puzzlement to commentators. A widespread view is that the kind of conversion discussed in the passage at issue should be explained in both extensional and intensional terms. After providing some textual evidence that Aristotle only apparently claims that B is not predicated of all A, I give a purely extensional account of Aristotle’s argument. This account is plausible, conservative and simpler than any of the intensional accounts that have been proposed so far. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Elenchos de Gruyter

Notes on Prior Analytics II 22.68a16–21

Elenchos , Volume 44 (1): 10 – Jun 1, 2023

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de Gruyter
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© 2023 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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0392-7342
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2037-7177
DOI
10.1515/elen-2023-0008
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Abstract

AbstractAt Prior Analytics II 22.68a16–21, Aristotle argues that if A is predicated of all B and C and nothing else, and B is predicated of all C, then A and B convert. In justifying his argument, however, he appears to claim that B is not predicated of all A. This claim has long been a cause of puzzlement to commentators. A widespread view is that the kind of conversion discussed in the passage at issue should be explained in both extensional and intensional terms. After providing some textual evidence that Aristotle only apparently claims that B is not predicated of all A, I give a purely extensional account of Aristotle’s argument. This account is plausible, conservative and simpler than any of the intensional accounts that have been proposed so far.

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Elenchosde Gruyter

Published: Jun 1, 2023

Keywords: Aristotle; Prior Analytics; syllogistic; conversion; predication

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