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Priority in Aristotle's Metaphysics

Michail Peramatzis


Recent work in metaphysics has witnessed a noticeable turn to Aristotelian discussions of priority in one form or another. This revival of interests in Aristotle-inspired themes focuses on questions of what priority consists in and how it relates existents, rendering some basic and others derivative. For Aristotle, in contradistinction with (e.g.) Quinean metaphysical views, questions of existence are not considered central. Rather, the crucial questions are what types of existent are fundamental and what their grounding relation to derivative existents consists in. It becomes extremely import ... More

Keywords: Metaphysics, Aristotle, priority, basicness, fundamentality, grounding, Ontology, primary substance, object, essence, form, form‐matter compound

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michail Peramatzis, author
Queen's University, Belfast
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