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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 5: Simple and Compound Assertions

Chapter 5: Simple and Compound Assertions

(p.74) 5 Chapter 5: Simple and Compound Assertions
Aristotle's De Interpretatione

C. W. A. Whitaker

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers two criteria for the unity of an assertion: the semantic claim that a single assertion is one which claims one thing about one thing, and the syntactic claim that an assertion may be ’one by conjunction’. After a discussion, the semantic criterion is preferred. There is also an argument that no single word can be an answer to a question, which accords with Aristotle's view of the dialectical question as the demand for the answerer to assent to one out of two assertions.

Keywords:   Aristotle, assertion, compound, conjunction, De Interpretatione, dialectical question, question, semantic, unity

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