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Michael V. Wedin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253080.001.0001

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Nonsubstantial Individuals

Nonsubstantial Individuals

(p.38) II Nonsubstantial Individuals
Aristotle's Theory of Substance

Michael V. Wedin (Contributor Webpage)

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Wedin addresses the debate over whether nonsubstantial individuals, that inhere in a subject but are not said of a subject, i.e. accidents, such as the pallor of Socrates, are nonrecurring particulars or a kind of determinate universal. Wedin examines the secondary literature on this topic and divides it into two schools of thought, determined by the contributions of J.L. Ackrill and G.E.L. Owen. According to Ackrill, individuals in non‐substance categories are particular to the substance they are in; Owen critiques Ackrill's view, and proposes that these items can recur in more than one subject and hence are a sort of universal. Wedin finds Owen's thesis unsatisfactory, even after supplementing it with an improved version due to Michael Frede; instead, Wedin argues for a revised version of Ackrill's interpretation of nonsubstantial individuals as nonrecurrent particulars. According to Wedin, Aristotle is committed to individuals only—e.g. to Socrates and to the particular bit of pallor in him: this conclusion has an important bearing on the ontological status of individuals and on the primacy of substance to nonsubstantial items.

Keywords:   accidents, J.L. Ackrill, Michael Frede, inhere, nonrecurrent particulars, nonsubstantial individuals, ontological status of individuals, G.E.L. Owen, said of, universal

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