Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta (BOK)

Jonathan Beere

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Doing and Being confronts the problem of how to understand two central concepts of Aristotle's philosophy: energeia and dunamis. While these terms seem ambiguous between actuality/potentiality and activity/capacity, Aristotle did not intend them to be so. Through a careful and detailed reading of Metaphysics Theta, Beere argues that we can solve the problem by rejecting both "actuality" and "activity" as translations of energeia, and by working out an analogical conception of energeia. This approach enables Beere to discern a hitherto unnoticed connection between Plato's Sophist and Aristotle's Metaphysics Theta, and to give satisfying interpretations of the major claims that Aristotle makes in Metaphysics Theta, the claim that energeia is prior in being to capacity (Theta 8) and the claim that any eternal principle must be perfectly good (Theta 9).

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Jonathan Beere
Forlag
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEM
ISBN 9780199652044
Antall sider 382 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,4cm x 2cm
Vekt 546 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology, Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500