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Unity, Identity, and Explanation in Aristotle's Metaphysics - T. Scaltsas

Unity, Identity, and Explanation in Aristotle's Metaphysics

By: T. Scaltsas (Editor), D. Charles (Editor), M. L. Gill (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 18th August 1994
ISBN: 9780198240679
Number Of Pages: 392

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This volume presents fourteen essays by leading figures in the fields of ancient philosophy and contemporary metaphysics, discussing Aristotle's theory of the unity and identity of substances, a topic that remains at the center of metaphysical enquiry. The contributors examine the nature of essences, how they differ from other components of substance, and how they are related to these other components. The central questions discussed are: What does Aristotle mean by "potentiality" and "actuality?" How do these concepts explicate matter and form, and how are they related to the actuality of a substance? What is the role of actuality in accounting for the unity and identity of substance? These questions are crucial to an understanding of the unity of composite substances and their identity over time. The aim of the volume is both exegetical and philosophical: to give answers to central problems in Aristotle's metaphysics, and also to stimulate further investigation of the problems defined and the controversies embodied.

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`Most of the articles are forward-looking, concerned to tease out new problems and explore fresh responses.' Victor Caston, Philosophical Quarterly

Notes on Contributors
Introductionp. 1
A Puzzle Concerning Matter and Formp. 13
Aristotle on Identityp. 41
Individuals and Individuation in Aristotlep. 55
Matter and Form: Unity, Persistence, and Identityp. 75
Substantial Holismp. 107
Parts, Compounds, and Substantial Unityp. 129
Aristotle's Notion of Potentiality in Metaphysics [theta]p. 173
The Activity of Being in Aristotle's Metaphysicsp. 195
The Priority of Actuality in Aristotlep. 215
Essences, Powers, and Generic Propositionsp. 229
Aristotle on the Relation between a Thing and its Matterp. 247
The Essence of a Human Being and the Individual Soul in Metaphysics Z and Hp. 279
The Definition of Generated Composites in Aristotle's Metaphysicsp. 291
Aristotle's Conception of Metaphysics as a Sciencep. 321
Bibliographyp. 355
Index Locorump. 363
General Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780198240679
ISBN-10: 0198240678
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 18th August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.79

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