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Definition in Greek Philosophy

David Charles


Socrates' greatest philosophical contribution was to have initiated the search for definitions. In this book his views on definition are examined, together with those of his successors, including Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Galen, the Sceptics, and Plotinus. Although definition was a major pre-occupation for many Greek philosophers, it has rarely been treated as a separate topic in its own right in recent years. This book, which contains fourteen chapters by different scholars, aims to reawaken interest in a number of central and relatively unexplored issues concerning definition. These issu ... More

Keywords: definition, essence, explanation, division, signification, meaning, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199564453
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Charles, editor
University of Oxford
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