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    Aristotle's "is said in many ways" and its relationship to his homonyms
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (2): 135-159. 2011.
    Being, Aristotle tells us, "is said in many ways ". So are the good and many other fundamental things. Fair enough, but what on earth does this mean? What, to narrow the focus to the basic question, does Aristotle mean by in phrases such as and other constructions where is used in the same sense? While scholars have presented us with an array of different translations for this difficult term, not all of them are compatible and none seem adequate. Yet it is crucial for us to have a precise and ac…Read more
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    Aristotle on the Irreducible Senses of the Good
    Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 6. 2003.
    There is a passage in the Nicomachean Ethics that holds out the promise of giving us a profound insight into Aristotle’s view of the good, A6: 1096a23-29. Unfortunately, the passage - where Aristotle argues, contra Plato, that the good cannot be one thing - has proven remarkably resistant to satisfactory interpretation, defying the efforts of scholars over the last nine decades or so. This essay offers an interpretation which, while attempting both to be true to Aristotle’s text and to avoid the…Read more