The Discovery of Things: Aristotles Categories and Their Context Wolfgang-Rainer Mann

ISBN: 9780691010205

Published: March 13th 2000

Hardcover

224 pages


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The Discovery of Things: Aristotles Categories and Their Context  by  Wolfgang-Rainer Mann

The Discovery of Things: Aristotles Categories and Their Context by Wolfgang-Rainer Mann
March 13th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9780691010205 | 10.12 Mb

Aristotles Categories can easily seem to be a statement of a naive, pre-philosophical ontology, centered around ordinary items. Wolfgang-Rainer Mann argues that the treatise, in fact, presents a revolutionary metaphysical picture, one AristotleMoreAristotles Categories can easily seem to be a statement of a naive, pre-philosophical ontology, centered around ordinary items. Wolfgang-Rainer Mann argues that the treatise, in fact, presents a revolutionary metaphysical picture, one Aristotle arrives at by (implicitly) criticizing Plato and Platos strange counterparts, the Late-Learners of the Sophist.

As Mann shows, the Categories reflects Aristotles discovery that ordinary items are things (objects with properties). Put most starkly, Mann contends that there were no things before Aristotle.The authors argument consists of two main elements. First, a careful investigation of Plato which aims to make sense of the odd-sounding suggestion that things do not show up as things in his ontology. Secondly, an exposition of the theoretical apparatus Aristotle introduces in the Categories--an exposition which shows how Platos and the Late-Learners metaphysical pictures cannot help but seem inadequate in light of that apparatus.

In doing so, Mann reveals that Aristotles conception of things--now so engrained in Western thought as to seem a natural expression of common sense--was really a hard-won philosophical achievement.Clear, subtle, and rigorously argued, The Discovery of Things will reshape our understanding of some of Aristotles--and Platos--most basic ideas.



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