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Aristotle on Meaning and Essence$
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David Charles

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019925673X.001.0001

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Preparation for the Three‐Stage View

Preparation for the Three‐Stage View

(p.57) 3 Preparation for the Three‐Stage View
Aristotle on Meaning and Essence

David Charles (Contributor Webpage)

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Aristotle, in Posterior Analytics B.3–7, prepares for the three‐stage view by arguing that no one account can tell us both the essence of a kind and the signification of the term that names that kind. Here, he lays the foundation for the separation of two questions, which we would represent as follows: ‘What does “triangle” signify?’ and ‘What is the triangle?’ This distinction provides him with a way to address and resolve Meno's paradox of enquiry.

Keywords:   Aristotle, existence, kinds, Meno's paradox, Posterior Analytics, signification

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