Aristotle's Theory of Language and Meaning by Deborah K. W. Modrak

By Deborah K. W. Modrak

It is a ebook approximately Aristotle's philosophy of language, interpreted in a framework that gives a complete interpretation of Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of brain, epistemology and technology. The goals of the booklet are to explicate the outline of which means contained in De Interpretatione and to teach the relevance of that thought of intending to a lot of the remainder of Arisotle's philosophy. within the method Deborah Modrak finds how that thought of that means has been a lot maligned.

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2) Aristotle divided ends into those choiceworthy for the sake of something further and those choiceworthy for themselves, he now explicitly distinguishes a third, middle group: ends choiceworthy both for their own sakes and for the sake of something further. These are the perplexing middle-level ends. We have seen why Aristotle should mark out this third category of ends. These are the goods that due to their relatively high degree of finality, are likely to be mistaken for the good. The finality criterion is intended to help us make the distinction.

When it has a new form—of a hammer or of a stone wall, for example—it also has a new telos, dictated ultimately by our well-being. The Finality Criterion • 19 make and do are as they are. And to the extent that these lower pursuits succeed in achieving the human good, they are good themselves. 3b. 1 about what the good qua ultimate end must be like. For there may be some good upon which all our chains of ends converge but which is itself for the sake of something further. A good like this would certainly be the source of value for our subordinate ends, but it would play this role in the way that cavalry riding is a source of value for bridle and saddle making: It would be incomplete.

Since the realization of one’s function expresses a single form or self, the members of an inclusive end would have to be connected closely enough for a unified conception of the self to be expressed through them. This would be possible if, for instance, the activities making up the set were species of the same genus. ) But in that case the pursuit of the various species would be choiceworthy for the sake of the genus; there would in fact be a single good, not several, for the sake of which everything is to be done.

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