By C. W. A. Whitaker
De Interpretatione is between Aristotle's so much influential and largely learn writings; C. W. A. Whitaker offers the 1st systematic examine of this paintings, and gives a thorough new view of its goals, its constitution, and its position in Arisotle's approach. He exhibits that De Interpretatione isn't really a disjointed essay on sick- hooked up topics, as routinely concept, yet a hugely equipped and systematic treatise on common sense, argument, and dialectic.
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Chapter i: Significant Utterances 27 the world: things are combined in a certain way, and the true affirmation asserts truly that they are so combined. A false affirmation asserts the combination of things which are in fact divided. Similarly, if things are divided, a true statement about them will be a negation, asserting that they are separated, and a false statement the affirmation which falsely asserts their combination. Truth consists in correctly matching combination and division in thought or utterance with the combination and division in things.
Thus, blood is made up of earth and water, and this accounts for its heat (Meteorologv 389b7 off. We see here a theory closely parallel to the theory of compound words. In both cases, the constituents of the compound have their own independent existence when found in separation.
Indeed, the introduction of the adverb only rendered the text liable to other interpretations besides the traditional one, as we see from the fact that the interpretations of Kretzmann and of Belardi rely on adopting one of the adverbial readings. Even if we were to grant what they ask, and agree to read one of the adverbs instead of the genitive plural, the interpretation of Ammonius would still be possible, and preferable n L. Minio-Paluello, Ariaotelis Categorise et liber De Inlerpretatione (Oxford, 1949)s See Kretzmann, 'Aristotle on Spoken Sounds', 18, n.