J. L. ACKRILL, Aristotle’s Categories and De Interpretatione. Translated with Notes (Clarendon Aristotle Series). Oxford, Clarendon Press, VII, p. Pr. sh. Aristotle’s Categories is a singularly important work of philosophy. It not only .. Ackrill finds Aristotle’s division of quality at best unmotivated. The Categories is a text from Aristotle’s Organon that enumerates all the possible kinds of Aristotle’s own text in Ackrill’s standard English version is: Of things.

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Loux, however, finds a way to salvage the Aristotelian thesis by denying the claim that it is about the meaning or sense of universal terms. According to this interpretation the constitutive principle of the list of categories is that they constitute those classes of items to each of which any sensible particular — substantial or otherwise ackrilp must be related.

Categories (Aristotle) – Wikipedia

That acknowledged, it is noteworthy that questions of both sorts owe their first formulations, ultimately, to the categorialism of Aristotle’s seminal work, the Categories. If we take the mode or determination of the subject in regard to quantity, we shall then have the fourth species of quality. It is also, however, a tree and so belongs in aristotoe broader class, namely the class of trees, whose extension is wider than the class of maples.

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Aristotle’s Categories

Showing of 5 reviews. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If we put these possibilities together, we arrive at the following four-fold system of classification: Aquinas, for instance, says the following about the category in his Summa Theologiae: By using this site, you agree to arisottle Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The Ten-Fold Division 2. When carried out completely, Ackrill claims, this procedure will yield the ten distinct and irreducible kinds that are Aristotle’s categories.

Aristotle’s Categories (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Substance, Form and Psyche: Views Read Edit View history. A brief discussion of the first four categories, which are the only ones that Aristotle discusses at length, should bring out both the interest of Aristotle’s list as well as some its peculiarities. Although he does not explicitly make this claim, Aristotle’s argument, if cogent, would ariwtotle to any proposal for a single highest kind.

The bulk of the remaining discussion, which is known as the Post-Predicamentais directed at concepts involving some kind of opposition, the concepts of priority, posteriorty, simultaneity and change.

The Modal Approach, which traces to Bonitz and has most recently been defended by Julius Moravscikavoids the defects of both the previous two approaches.

But of course, the difficulty in establishing its ultimate correctness is not peculiar to Aristotle’s categorial scheme. I like Ackrill’s translation and I like that he gives detailed notes rather than a breezy introduction talking about Aristotle’s life and philosophy. So by examining the details of the predicates in our language, we have some grounds for distinguishing between the category of substance and the accidental categories.

Articles on Aristotle, Vol 1. Whether philosophers have agreed or disagreed with Aristotle’s categorial scheme, his categorialism has played a significant instrumental role — it has provided in the millennia since its appearance the starting point for a great deal of metaphysical inquiry.


If this arisstotle approach is correct, the claim that the categorial scheme can somehow be derived at least in part from form and matter appears implausible.

One could attempt to address this problem by commenting on every scholarly debate and opinion; but such a project would fail to bring to life the most aristotlw features of Aristotelian categorialism. Some of the species in various categories are also genera — they are, in other words differentiated into further species.

Categories and De Interpretatione

Next, he distinguishes between what is said “of” a subject and what is “in” a subject. Hence, instead of discussing the Post-Predicamenta in detail, I shall at this point turn to a topic about Aristotle’s categories that is of fundamental philosophical and interpretive interest: Categories and De InterpretationeOxford: Nor does he give any criterion for deciding that a given quality is or is not a [habit-or-disposition]; why, for example, atistotle affective qualities be treated as a class quite distinct from [habits and dispositions]?

These works don’t have many English translations: