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Aristotle on Meaning and Essence$
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David Charles

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256730

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019925673X.001.0001

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(p.379) Appendix 2 Essence, Necessity, and the Copula

(p.379) Appendix 2 Essence, Necessity, and the Copula

Aristotle on Meaning and Essence

David Charles

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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