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Being measured : truth and falsehood in Aristotle's Metaphysics

Author: Mark Richard Wheeler
Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2019]
Series: SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On the basis of careful textual exegesis and philosophical analysis, and contrary to the received view, Mark R. Wheeler demonstrates that Aristotle presents and systematically explicates his definition of the essence of the truth in the Metaphysics. Aristotle states the nominal definitions of the terms "truth" and "falsehood" as part of his arguments in defense of the logical axioms. These nominal definitions  Read more...
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Wheeler, Mark Richard, 1966-
Being measured.
Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018058255
(OCoLC)1082336331
Named Person: Aristotle.
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Richard Wheeler
ISBN: 9781438476865 1438476868
OCLC Number: 1134768529
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The demands of philosophical wisdom --
What "truth" and "falsehood" signify --
The nominal definition of "truth" and the axioms --
The being of truth --
Aristotle's homonymous truth bearers --
The genus of truth --
The activity of truth --
Truth, oneness, and measurement --
The ground of truth --
Conclusion: the subsequent free play of thought.
Series Title: SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy
Responsibility: Mark R. Wheeler.

Abstract:

"On the basis of careful textual exegesis and philosophical analysis, and contrary to the received view, Mark R. Wheeler demonstrates that Aristotle presents and systematically explicates his definition of the essence of the truth in the Metaphysics. Aristotle states the nominal definitions of the terms "truth" and "falsehood" as part of his arguments in defense of the logical axioms. These nominal definitions express conceptions of truth and falsehood his philosophical opponents would have recognized and accepted in the context of dialectical argument. On the basis of these nominal definitions, Aristotle develops his definitions of the essences of truth and falsehood--his "real" definitions of truth and falsehood. Aristotle's methodical exposition of his essential definitions of truth and falsehood in the Metaphysics serves as a well-developed example of how his philosophical inquiry starts with nominal definitions and ends with real definitions. Wheeler also argues for the novel claim that Aristotle defines the most fundamental kind of truth in terms of accurate measurement. Aristotle's metrical conception of truth serves as the theoretical basis for specifying the truth conditions of various assertions, for identifying the sorts of beings implicated in these truth conditions, and for explaining the nature of approximate truth and falsehood. Far from offering us a minimal account of truth, Wheeler shows how Aristotle offers us a sophisticated and metrical theory of truth"--

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