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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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Aristotle's De Interpretatione

C. W. A. Whitaker

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The traditional title is an oddity. It has been explained as meaning ’On the Assertion’ (in accordance with the view that that is what the treatise is about) but the best translation is really ’On Language’. However, the title is never mentioned by Aristotle and is likely to be a later invention. ’On Contradiction’ or ’On the Contradictory Pair’ would be the most appropriate titles for the work's true preoccupations.

Keywords:   Aristotle, contradiction, De Interpretatione, language, translation

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