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Brad Inwood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679430.001.0001

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Essence and Being

Essence and Being

A Discussion of Michail Peramatzis, Priority in Aristotle’s Metaphysics1

(p.341) Essence and Being
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 45

Marko Malink

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a review on Michail Peramatzis’ Priority in Aristotle’s Metaphysics. It examines separately the introduction of the book and each of its main two parts, which deal with Aristotle’s views on priority in definition and priority in being. The introduction lays out a rich conceptual framework for the subsequent discussion. The part on priority in definition focuses on the question whether form is prior in definition to matter. Peramatzis argues that, for Aristotle, matter is mentioned in the definition of some forms and is a part of these forms. The chapter gives a critical examination of this view. The last part of the book is devoted to a number of claims Aristotle makes concerning what he calls ‘priority in nature’ or ‘priority in substance’.

Keywords:   Aristotle, metaphysics, priority, essence, definition, matter, form

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