Order in Multiplicity
Homonymy in the Philosophy of Aristotle
By (author) Christopher Shields
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Order in Multiplicity by Christopher Shields
Book DescriptionAristotle 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199253074
(233mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Shields
Oxford Handbook of Aristotle, Paperback (June 2015)
The Oxford Handbook of Aristotle reflects the lively international character of Aristotelian studies, drawing contributors from Europe, North America, and Asia.
Aristotle, Hardback (December 2013)View all books by Christopher Shields
Aristotle (384-322 BC) was one of the greatest philosophers of all time. This book introduces and assesses the whole of Aristotle's philosophy, showing how his powerful conception of human nature shaped much of his thinking on the nature of the soul and then mind, ethics, politics and the arts.
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Author Biography - Christopher Shields
Christopher Shields is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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