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Title: Essentialism in Late Plato and Aristotle’s Categories
Authors: Shapiro, Gabriel
Advisors: Lorenz, Hendrik
Contributors: Philosophy Department
Subjects: Philosophy
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: The central contention of this dissertation is that Plato, in Sophist and Statesman, and Aristotle, in Categories, have fundamentally different ways of drawing the distinction between a thing’s essential features and its non-essential features. Plato distinguishes the essential features of a thing from its non-essential features by reference to the different roles they play in metaphysical explanations, whereas Aristotle draws the distinction by contrasting two irreducibly different relations between objects and their features.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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