J. L. ACKRILL, Aristotle’s Categories and De Interpretatione. Translated with Notes (Clarendon Aristotle Series). Oxford, Clarendon Press, VII, p. Pr. sh. Aristotle’s Categories is a singularly important work of philosophy. It not only .. Ackrill finds Aristotle’s division of quality at best unmotivated. The Categories is a text from Aristotle’s Organon that enumerates all the possible kinds of Aristotle’s own text in Ackrill’s standard English version is: Of things.

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Things that are said according to Aristotle, are ackdill De Int 16a3and so it is natural to interpret his second system as a classification of words. His favorite examples are an individual man and a horse 1a20, 2a This entry has no external links.

Indeed, when Aristotle lists the species, he does not follow his usual procedure and provide the differentiae that distinguish them.

So, for instance, to what does Aristotle think the species number corresponds? There is nonetheless widespread agreement that at the very heart of the Categories are two systems of classification, one given in the Pre-Predicamentaand the other in the Arsitotle a.

Two trends in recent philosophical scholarship are of special note. Physics The New Hackett Aristotle. The same is true of line, surface, place and arguably speech. Continuing on, it is also a aristotlf thing and so belongs in a class whose extension is wider still than the class akcrill trees.

Indeed, it is far from clear where matter belongs in the categories. Priority in Being in Aristotle. What theory of predication underlies Aristotle’s scheme?

Each kind is differentiated into species by some set of differentiae. This problem could of course be alleviated somewhat if instead of merely appealing to modal structures as such, categorirs could appeal to modal structures that arguably Aristotle would have thought are part of the very fabric of the world.

Essays on Metaphysics and LogicOxford: Ackrill, Oxford University Press, Some features of this system are worth pointing out. A regimen, he says, is healthy because it is productive of health; urine is healthy because it is indicative of health; and Socrates is healthy because he has health. Indeed, to advert to that scheme in the present context is simply to re-open the question of the relations between the two main systems of classification in the Categories.


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Nonetheless, Aristotle accepted a doctrine according to which properties in the world always inhere in a single subject. Such words are applicable to various items in the world in virtue of the fact that those items all bear some type of relation to some one thing or type of thing. See all 5 reviews.

It is also, however, a tree and so belongs in a broader catdgories, namely the class of trees, whose extension is wider than the class of maples. Afterwards he thought he had discovered five more of them, which he added under the name of post-predicaments.

Does it end, in other words, at a highest kind? And we can adopt positions ranging from a radical skepticism about aristtole access to categories to a kind of infallibilism about such access.

Hamlyn, Classical Review “Ackrill’s translation and commentary on Aristotle’s Categories is an excellent introduction to the treatise. So why should there be two distinct categories, namely action and passion, rather than just one, namely motion? According to this interpretation the constitutive principle of the list of categories is that they constitute those classes of items to each of which any sensible particular — substantial or otherwise — must be related.

The Four-Fold Division 1. The division proceeds by way of two concepts: Recent Work Two trends in recent philosophical scholarship are of special note. For instance, it may cahegories be a historical accident that our language contains individuating and non-individuating predicates.

In other words, being would have to be differentiated by some non-being, which, according to Aristotle, ackri,l a metaphysical absurdity. On Aristotle’s CategoriesSteven K.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Catgories. Indeed, this is evident from the name of the category.


Categories and De Interpretatione

It might aristltle out that employing the approach yields exactly the list of Aristotle’s categories, but then again it might not. First, as I have already noted, Aristotle gives pride of place in this scheme to primary substances. If the Medieval Derivational Approach is correct, Aristotle’s categories ultimately trace to the ways in which form, matter and perhaps motion relate to substances and the categorifs that apply to them.

Whether this is to be interpreted in terms of the greater reality of the kind human is an open question.

Six forms of movement are cahegories defined: Ackrill is at University of Oxford. On Cagegories CategoriesJohn Dillon trans. Works by Aristotle Logic literature Philosophical categories. According to the grammatical approach, which traces to Trendelenburg and has most recently been defended by Michael BaumerAristotle generated his list by paying attention to the structures inherent in language.

Ackrill Ackrill finds Aristotle’s division of quality at best unmotivated. Ackrill claims that there are two different ways to generate the categories, each of which involves asking questions. The issue concerning the origin of the categories can be raised by asking the most difficult question there is about any philosophical position: And therefore in both, we take into account whether a thing be done with ease or difficulty; whether it be transitory or lasting. But then what exactly does Aristotle think a number is?

In fact he gives two divisions; but for the sake of illustrating the general nature of the category, discussing the first division he gives should suffice.

So, for instance, the greater, as suchis said to be of something else, for it is said to be greater than something 6a First, it is far from clear that either method actually produces Aristotle’s list.