Things are the same as their “essences”? Notes on Aristotle’s Metaphysics Z-6

Analytica (Rio) 16 (1):37-66 (2012)
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I discuss Aristotle’s views in Metaphysics VII-6 (Z-6) on the issue whether each thing is the same as its essence. I propose a deflationary interpretation according to which Z-6 develops a “logical approach” (logikos) in which “sameness” amounts only to coextensiveness between definiendum and definiens with no attention to more specific issues about ontological and explanatory features of definitions.

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Lucas Angioni
University of Campinas


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