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Modal propositions in Aristotle's syllogistic

Adriane Allison Rini, University of Massachusetts Amherst


The dissertation is an investigation into the structure of Aristotle's modal propositions through careful attention to the text of the Prior Analytics. I take account not only of recent attempts to formalize Aristotle's modal syllogistic but also of the discussion that Aristotle himself provides about modal statements. I provide evidence that his modal propositions are to be construed in a de re manner and then go on to investigate the problems raised by a de re analysis, particularly those problems concerned with Aristotle's modal conversion principles. A large part of my project is to show that these can be given a valid de re analysis that sits well with the results Aristotle sketches. Terms in modal syllogistic premises are shown to be restricted in ways that reflect Aristotle's early metaphysics and notions of predication.

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Rini, Adriane Allison, "Modal propositions in Aristotle's syllogistic" (1997). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9809394.