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Averroes And The Logical Status Of Metaphysics

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The admission or rejection of uninstantiated universals is considered today to be one of the criteria according to which Aristotelian and Platonic realist theories of universals are distinguished from one another. Aristotelian theories do not admit separate, uninstantiated universals – that is to say, universals not realised in at least one individual. Platonic theories, by contrast, accept that universal catness exists, even if there exists no individual cat. The divide is between rejecting or accepting that which, following David Armstrong, can be called the principle of instantiation. This chapter discusses this principle, and to formulate some methodological issues about how an historian of philosophy should consider a particular subject: the use of Aristotelian logic in a theological context. It focuses on the statement according to which natura subsistit in persona. An interpretation of this thesis can be based upon the ontology of the Categories.

Keywords:Aristotelian theories; Non Est Natura Sine Persona; Platonic realist theories; Uninstantiated Universals



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