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Aristotle's De InterpretationeContradiction and Dialectic$
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C. W. A. Whitaker

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199254192.001.0001

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(p.204) Appendix II The Substitution of Phrases for Words

(p.204) Appendix II The Substitution of Phrases for Words

Aristotle's De Interpretatione

C. W. A. Whitaker

Oxford University Press

This important technique, like the contradiction argument discussed in Appendix I, depends on the concept of signification established in the De Interpretatione. The expansion of a word by substituting a phrase with the same signification is much used by Aristotle, in the Topics, Sophistic Refutations, and elsewhere. Moreover, in cases of multiple signification many phrases may be substituted for a single name: thus the question ’In how many ways is it said?’ leads to the discovery of multiple phrases (’logoi’), each expressing one aspect of an ambiguous term.

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