The New Synthese Historical Library

Aristotle's Theory of Abstraction

Authors: Bäck, Allan

  • Presents new views on abstraction, a philosophical tradition with Greek and Islamic roots, that has been ignored in recent times
  • Offers a look at how universals, accidents, forms and the like have only the abstract aspects of individual substances
  • Approaches the study of abstraction with a focus on scientific detail before addressing metaphysical claims
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About this book

This book investigates Aristotle’s views on abstraction and explores how he uses it. In this work, the author follows Aristotle in focusing on the scientific detail first and then approaches the metaphysical claims, and so creates a reconstructed theory that explains many puzzles of Aristotle’s thought. Understanding the details of his theory of relations and abstraction further illuminates his theory of universals.

Some of the features of Aristotle’s theory of abstraction developed in this book include: abstraction is a relation; perception and knowledge are types of abstraction; the objects generated by abstractions are relata which can serve as subjects in their own right, whereupon they can appear as items in other categories. The author goes on to look at how Aristotle distinguishes the concrete from the abstract paronym, how induction is a type of abstraction which typically moves from the perceived individuals to universals and how Aristotle’s metaphysical vocabulary is "relational.’

Beyond those features, this work also looks at how of universals, accidents, forms, causes and potentialities have being only as abstract aspects of individual substances. An individual substance is identical to its essence; the essence has universal features but is the singularity making the individual substance what it is. These theories are expounded within this book. One main attraction in working out the details of Aristotle’s views on abstraction lies in understanding his metaphysics of universals as abstract objects.

This work reclaims past ground as the main philosophical tradition of abstraction has been ignored in recent times. It gives a modern version of the medieval doctrine of the threefold distinction of essence, made famous by the Islamic philosopher, Avicenna.

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eBook $139.00
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34675-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aristotle's Theory of Abstraction
Authors
Series Title
The New Synthese Historical Library
Series Volume
73
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04759-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04759-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04758-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34675-5
Series ISSN
1879-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 311
Number of Illustrations and Tables
195 b/w illustrations
Topics