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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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Chapter 11: Sophistic Puzzles Concerning Simple and Complex Assertions

Chapter 11: Sophistic Puzzles Concerning Simple and Complex Assertions

(p.150) 11 Chapter 11: Sophistic Puzzles Concerning Simple and Complex Assertions
Aristotle's De Interpretatione

C. W. A. Whitaker

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes up the question of simple and complex assertions from Chs. 5 and 8. This thinking is applied to solving sophisms involving double predications, such as ’Is Socrates a pale walking man?’, different parts of which demand different answers. There is a discussion here of dialectical questions, and what kinds of assertions constitute proper answers. This chapter is closely tied to discussions in the Topics and Sophistic Refutations. Like the discussion of RCP in Chs. 7 to 9, it is aimed at drawing the line between the safe ground of genuine dialectic, and the dangerous region of questions, which seem to have answers, but do not.

Keywords:   Aristotle, assertion, complex, De Interpretatione, double predication, predication, rule of contradictory pairs, simple, sophism, Sophistic Refutations, Topics

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