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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Irving Block – – Dialogue 5 3: 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 striking features of Aristotelian categorialism. Review “an admirable and ingenious piece of philosophical scholarship” D.

So perhaps the Medievals have succumbed to the temptation to read into Aristotle’s system connections that Ackdill did not accept. The latter way corresponds to the category of relatives; the former, to the categories of quality and quantity. Because these are technical notions, one would expect Aristotle to have defined them.

Aristotle’s Categories

Hence, he does not think that there is one single highest kind. Articles on Aristotle, Vol 1. Aristotle’s example of such an entity is knowledge; but again, whiteness, provides a somewhat more intuitive example.


After relatives, Aristotle discusses the afistotle of quality.

Aristotle’s treatment of quantity, however, does raise some difficult questions. Those scholars dissatisfied with the linguistic interpretation of Aristotle’s second system of classification have moved in one of several directions.

Afterwards he thought he had discovered five more of them, which he added under the name of post-predicaments. Of all the proposals that scholars have given, Ackrill’s is the most supported by Aristotle’s texts, though the evidence he cites is far from conclusive.

Categories and De Interpretatione – Aristotle – Oxford University Press

The volume continues with discussions that become increasingly remote in time but which therefore show the lasting caegories of his categorialism. Routledge and Kegan Paul. Dumb Ox Press, Such difficulties understandably lead to questions about the legitimacy of category theory and metaphysical speculation in general. Kelly and Hans Josef Niederhe eds.

For instance, Aristotle’s treatment of quantity in the Metaphysics includes species not present in his treatment in the Categories Meta.

Categories and De Interpretatione

Rhetoric Rhetoric to Alexander Poetics. For, he thinks that a species in substance is said-of primary substances while species in the other categories are not said-of primary substances. His favorite examples are an individual man and a horse 1a20, 2a This system maps readily onto Aristotle’s own terminology, given at 1a Please try again later.

Ackrill finds Aristotle’s division of quality at best unmotivated. So, it is natural to interpret him as thinking that among primary substances are concrete particulars that are members of natural kinds. Suppose I were to ask: So, Aristotle’s category of relatives is a kind of halfway house between the linguistic side of relations, namely relational predicates, and the ontological side, namely relations themselves.


The debate is of interest in large part because it concerns one of the most fundamental metaphysical topics: Aquinas then divides the former way of being in a subject in terms of form and matter. The set of doctrines in the Categorieswhich I will henceforth call categorialismprovides the framework of inquiry for a wide variety of Aristotle’s philosophical investigations, ranging from his discussions of time and change in the Physics, to the science of being qua being in the Metaphysicsand even extending to his rejection of Platonic ethics in the Nicomachean Ethics.

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So, for instance, every material particular must be related to a particular.