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Aristotle's De Interpretatione: Contradiction and Dialectic

C. W. A. Whitaker


The De Interpretatione is one of Aristotle's core works, containing highly influential analyses of the basic elements of language and the nature of truth and falsehood, as well as the famous Sea‐battle paradox. As a whole, however, the treatise has been neglected; attention has concentrated on a few oases of interest, and scholars have been satisfied with the medieval view that the treatise is a discussion of the proposition, and forms the second part of the Organon, building on the categories and anticipating the formal logic of the Analytics. This book argues that the subject of the De Inter ... More

Keywords: ancient philosophy, argument, Aristotle, assertion, contradiction, contradictory, De Interpretatione, dialectic, history of philosophy, logic, paradox, philosophical method, proposition, Whitaker

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199254194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199254192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. W. A. Whitaker, author
Peterhouse, Cambridge