Analyses of Aristotle (Jaakko Hintikka Selected Papers) by Jaakko Hintikka

By Jaakko Hintikka

Aristotle considered his common sense and method as purposes of the Socratic wondering procedure. specifically, common sense used to be initially a research of solutions necessitated via past solutions. For Aristotle, thought-experiments have been actual experiments within the experience that through figuring out types in one's brain, it is easy to learn off their homes and interrelations. Treating types as autonomous entities, knowable one after the other, devoted Aristotle to his mode of syllogistic clarification. He didn't contemplate life, predication and identification as separate senses of estin. Aristotle hence serves as an instance of a philosopher who didn't depend on the excellence among the allegedly varied Fregean senses, thereby laying off new mild on our personal conceptual presuppositions. This assortment includes a number of impressive interpretations that Jaakko Hintikka has recommend through the years, constituting a problem not just to Aristotelian students and historians of principles, yet to every body drawn to good judgment, epistemology or metaphysics and of their historical past.

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Among such extensions of our simple games, one can mention the following: (a) Game-theoretical truth definition can be used in games on urn models (see Rantala (1974), Hintikka (1974a)), and not only on classical (invariant) models. 2 In this direction, game-theoretical semantics converges with the functional interpretations first proposed by Go¨del (1959). 4 SEMANTICAL GAMES 2. 25 GAME-THEORETICAL SEMANTICS FOR FRAGMENTS OF NATURAL LANGUAGES Game-theoretical semantics is thus a powerful and flexible tool in the semantics of formal languages.

8. ARISTOTELIAN CATEGORIES RECONSTRUCTED At this point, a philosophical reader is likely to have a vivid de´ja` vu experience. For what seems to be emerging as a consequence of the basic assumptions of game-theoretical semantics is nothing but a modernized version of Aristotle’s doctrine of categories, not in its details (after all, Aristotle was dealing with a different language), but in all of its leading theoretical ideas. Aristotelian scholars have found the combination of different ideas in Aristotle’s distinction between different categories intensely puzzling.

V) identifying. (vi) Different widest classes of primitive predicates in the language in question. Indeed, (vi) is closest to Aristotle’s explanation of the categories in his Categoriae (see 1b25–2a10). Scholars have complained that Aristotle is ‘‘confusing’’ these different senses of ‘‘category’’ with each other. ) They have also quarrelled at length as to which of the distinctions (11)(i)–(vi) Aristotle ‘‘really’’ intended. What we have found shows that these problems are both spurious. Aristotle is not ‘‘confusing’’ the different distinctions, for they go naturally together.

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