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Order in Multiplicity: Homonymy in the Philosophy of Aristotle

Christopher Shields


Aristotle regularly identifies philosophical and scientific concepts as homonymous; indeed, his preoccupation with homonymy influences his approach to many subjects and clearly structures his philosophical methodology. In this book, Christopher Shields offers the first full‐length investigation of homonymy in Aristotle's work, in which he explicates and assesses Aristotle's commitment to homonymy in both critical and constructive contexts. Shields identifies homonymy as both a critical tool, with Plato as the target, by means of which Aristotle can emphasize the complexity of core philosophica ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, being, categories, complexity, definition, goodness, homonymy, life, multiplicity, oneness and sameness, philosophical analysis, philosophical methodology, philosophical progress, Plato, signification, the body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253074
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199253072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Shields, author
University of Colorado, Boulder
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