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The final 14 chapters of booklet 1 of Aristotle's "Prior Analytics" are fascinated by the illustration within the formal language of syllogistic of propositions and arguments expressed in additional or much less daily Greek. In his statement on these chapters, "Alexander of Aphrodisias" explains a few of Aristotle's extra opaque assertions and discusses post-Aristotelian rules in semantics and the philosophy of language. In doing so he offers an strange perception into the way those disciplines built within the Hellenistic period. He additionally indicates a extra refined realizing of those fields than Aristotle himself, whereas ultimate a staunch defender of Aristotle's emphasis on that means in place of Stoics quandary with verbal formula. In his statement at the ultimate bankruptcy of booklet 1 Alexander bargains an intensive dialogue of Aristotle's contrast among denying that anything is, for instance, white and announcing that it really is non-white.

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B u t w h e n they are t a k e n i n the other way what follows follows necessarily but not syllogistically, since every syllogism is posited to show holding or not holding. A g a i n it is possible to find fault w i t h 'If, being a h u m a n being, it is necessary for it to be a n a n i m a l , a n d being a n a n i m a l , it is necessary for it to be a substance' for m a k i n g a non-syllogistic inference because its premisses ' h u m a n being-animal' and 'animal-substance' are indeĀ­ terminate.

For w h e n the u n i v e r s a l premiss w h i c h we have just stated is assumed a n d there is added to it ' B e i n g a h u m a n being, i t is a n a n i m a l a n d being a n a n i m a l , it is a substance', it follows syllogistically that also among these things, being a h u m a n being, i t is a substance. It w i l l be clear that the conclusion does not result from the asĀ­ sumed sequence but from the fact that the u n i v e r s a l premiss w h i c h we added is true, i f we choose another sequence w h i c h is also true, but is not subordinate to some u n i v e r s a l t r u t h , for example: 348,1 5 A exceeds B by a foot; B exceeds C by a foot.

The reason for this is that the terms are not set out w e l l verbally, since w h e n terms corresponding to the states are substituted there w i l l not be a syllogism; for example, i f being healthy is posited instead of health a n d being sick instead of sickness, since i t is not true to say that it is not possible that being healthy holds of one who is sick. B u t i f this is not assumed there is no syllogism, except of something contingent. B u t this is not impossible, since it is possible that health holds of no h u m a n being].

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