- Title Pages
- 1 Meaning, Essence, and Necessity
- 2 Posterior Analytics B.8–10: The Three‐Stage View
- 3 Preparation for the Three‐Stage View
- 4 The Signification of Names
- 5 Signification and Thought
- 6 Understanding, Thought, and Meaning
- 7 Definition and Demonstration: The Difficulties Raised in <i>Posterior Analytics Β</i>.3–7
- 8 Demonstration and Definition: Aristotle's Positive Views in <i>Posterior Analytics</i> Β.8–10 and Β.16–18
- 9 Towards a Unified Theory of Definition: <i>Posterior Analytics</i> Β.13–15
- 10 Explanation and Definition: The Basic Model Reconsidered and Refined
- 11 Substance, Definition, and Essence
- 12 Biology, Classification, and Essence
- 13 Aristotle's Essentialism
- Appendix 1
- Appendix 2 Essence, Necessity, and the Copula
- Index Locorum
- General Index
- Index Nominum
- Aristotle on Meaning and Essence
- Oxford University Press
Aristotle's discussion of the semantic role of the copula in De Interpretatione reveals an interesting and distinctive account of the logical form of claims such as ‘A is essentially F’ and ‘A is necessarily F’, in which the terms ‘essentially’ and ‘necessarily’ modify the copula. This proposal allows Aristotle to formulate his essentialist claims without using the later Leibnizian notion of possible worlds.
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