Phronesis 28 (2):113 - 135 (1983)

Mohan Matthen
University of Toronto at Mississauga
The author investigates greek ontologies that apparently rely on a conflation of "binary" (x is f) and "monadic" (x is) uses of 'is'. He uses Aristotelian and other texts to support his proposal that these ontologies are explained by the Greeks using two alternative semantic analyses for 'x is F'. The first views it as asserting a relation between x and F, the second as asserting that a "predicative complex" exists, where a predicative complex is a complex consisting of x and F. The article concludes by indicating some uses for the novel concept of predicative complex in aristotelian interpretation.
Keywords Ancient Greek Philosophy  Aristotle  existence  predicative complex  form and matter
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DOI 10.1163/156852883x00077
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