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Aristotle's De InterpretationeContradiction and Dialectic$
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C. W. A. Whitaker

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199254192.001.0001

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Chapter 4: Phrases and Assertions

Chapter 4: Phrases and Assertions

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(p.71) 4 Chapter 4: Phrases and Assertions
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Aristotle's De Interpretatione
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C. W. A. Whitaker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199254192.003.0005

Aristotle moves on to define longer utterances, distinguishing those, which possess truth‐value, from those such as prayers, which do not. Also, no single word can be an assertion, since an assertion must represent a predicate as truly holding of a subject; similarly, no part of a word can have signification. At best, the elements of a compound word can only ’tend to signify’.

Keywords:   Aristotle, assertion, De Interpretatione, phrase, predicate, signification, subject, truth, word

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