Philósophos - Revista de Filosofia 19 (2):151-193 (2014)

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Lucas Angioni
University of Campinas
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I argue that Topics VI does not contain any serious theory about definitions, but only a collection of advices for formulating definitions in a dialectical context, namely, definitions aiming to catch what the opponent means. Topics VI is full of inconsistencies that can be explained away by this approach: the inconsistencies reflect "acceptable opinions about definitions" that distinct groups of interlocutors accept. I also argue that the "topoi" need not be pieces of serious theory Aristotle is commited to. The "topoi" must also be considered as "endoxa", namely, as accepted opinions about how it is legitimate to draw an inference
Keywords dialectic  endoxa.  essencialism  definition  Aristotle  theory of argumentation  teoria da argumentação  dialética
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DOI 10.5216/phi.v19i2.31609
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Aristotle's First Principles.Terence Irwin - 1988 - Oxford University Press.
Aristotle on Meaning and Essence.David Charles - 2000 - Oxford University Press.

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