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Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta

Jonathan Beere


Doing and Being confronts the problem of how to understand two central concepts of Aristotle's philosophy: energeia and dunamis. While these terms seem ambiguous between actuality/potentiality and activity/capacity, Aristotle did not intend them to be so. Through a careful and detailed reading of Metaphysics Theta, the author argues that we can solve the problem by rejecting both ‘actuality’ and ‘activity’ as translations of energeia, and by working out an analogical conception of energeia. This approach enables the author to discern a hitherto unnoticed connection between Plato's Sophist and ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, energeia, dunamis, actuality/potentiality, activity/capacity, Metaphysics Theta, Plato's Sophist, eternal principle, Theta 8, Theta 9

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199206704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Beere, author
Humboldt University, Berlin
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