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Basil's Critiques Of Eunomius's Theory Of Names

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This chapter focuses Basil's theory of names. Since Basil articulated his to refute Eunomius's, the chapter begins the discussion of Basil's with his critiques of his opponent's. It is necessary to know what Basil found wrong with Eunomius's in order to arrive at a full appreciation of the alternatives that he offered. Basil's critiques are both substantive and reductiones ad absurdum. Nonetheless, by both forms of argument he reveals what he thinks a good theory of names should be. Identifying these criteria will enable to understand the goals that Basil set for himself in formulating his own theory of names and to evaluate whether he has met them. Basil criticizes five aspects of Eunomius's.

Keywords: Basil's theory of names; Eunomius's theory of names



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