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Passage and PossibilityA Study of Aristotle's Modal Concepts$
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Sarah Waterlow

Print publication date: 1982

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246565.001.0001

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Aristotelian modality (II)

Aristotelian modality (II)

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(p.31) III Aristotelian modality (II)
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Passage and Possibility
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Sarah Waterlow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246565.003.0003

This chapter deals with two questions not yet considered. First, it looks at the logical relation between the relative temporized conditions (RT-conditions) and their corresponding results that justifies an inference from the former to the latter. This extends to the modal expressions appearing in the results. They express concepts which Aristotle has explained by the claim that their application is determined by the RT-conditions. Unless the results are validated generally from the conditions, the modal concepts in the former embody a fallacy and must be regarded as incoherent. Second, it examines the modal concepts employed in the RT-conditions employed in the conditions themselves. In each condition, there is a reference to‘impossible’ consequences, and to these consequences as ‘following’ or ‘not following’. By ‘following’ Aristotle means a connection such that premises necessarily imply the conclusion.

Keywords:   RT-conditions, categorical, following, modal concepts, impossible consequences, RT-results

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