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This front matter section of the book Aristotle on Definition contains the table of contents, and acknowledgements. Aristotle’s theory of definition, his account of what good definitions are, and how we can produce them, holds the key to his answers to two fundamental questions: What is an essence and what guarantees the certainty of the principles of demonstrative science. In the Topics Aristotle’s concern is to set out guidelines for the construction of definitions and the testing of definitions in the context of dialectical discussions.

Keywords: Aristotle; Topics



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