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Commentary On Sefrin-Weis

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This chapter begins by raising questions about Sefrin-Weis' claim that the pros hen relation, as applied to being, does not involve logical dependence. It explains that Aristotle conceives of the pros hen relation as involving the definitional priority of a primary signification of a term (e.g., 'healthy' as applied to an organism) to various secondary significations (e.g., 'healthy' as applied to types of food), and in this way it does involve logical dependence. Then the chapter tries to show that, contrary to Sefrin-Weis' claim, the pros hen relation, as Aristotle understands it, does involve content; since it involves a relation among definitions or accounts of a term, it necessarily involves some content. The chapter concludes with some reflections about the priority of ousia to other kinds of beings, and Aristotle's famous claim that the study of being is the study of ousia .

Keywords: Aristotle; Sefrin-Weis

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