Substance and Predication in Aristotle

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This book takes up the central themes of Aristotle's metaphysical theory and the various transformations they undergo prior to their full expression in the Metaphysics. Aristotle's metaphysics is bedevilled by classic puzzles involving such notions as form, predication, universal, and substance, which result from his attempt to adapt the various requirements on primary substance developed in his earlier works so that they fit the very different metaphysical picture in his later work. Professor Lewis argues that Aristotle is himself aware of most if not all of these difficulties and in the Metaphysics works hard to ensure the coherence of his theory. He presents Aristotle's views as a formal theory complete with axioms, definitions, and theorems.
 

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Contents

Aristotle on Platos Third Man Argument and
13
Primacy and Dependence in Aristotles Categories
49
Introduction to Part II Accidental Compounds
85
Paradoxes of Accidental Sameness
115
The Ontological Project
129
Introduction to Part III Aristotles Later Theory
143
Form and the New Theory of Metaphysical Predication
151
Form and Membership in a Kind
171
Introduction to Part IV The Old Criteria for Primary
265
Matter and the Subject Criterion for Primary Substance
271
Three Puzzles Concerning Form
308
Bibliography
349
Index of Passages
357
General Index
365
171
367
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Postscript to Part III Complications and Refinements
245

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