By Deborah K. W. Modrak
It is a ebook approximately Aristotle's philosophy of language, interpreted in a framework that gives a accomplished interpretation of Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of brain, epistemology and technology. The goals of the booklet are to explicate the outline of that means contained in De Interpretatione and to teach the relevance of that idea of intending to a lot of the remainder of Arisotle's philosophy. within the strategy Deborah Modrak finds how that concept of which means has been a lot maligned.
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Elsewhere Aristotle uses 'signifies' to describe the latter relation as well. This is the reason for saying that signification is a broader notion than meaning; but we should not lose sight of the fact that, according to Aristotle, words signify mental contents and it is in virtue of this relation that a sound is meaningful. Again a caveat is in order - these are preliminary considerations in support of attributing a theory of meaning to Aristotle and adopting the hypothesis that he does have a theory of meaning in order to investigate his conception of language further.
Cf. also Crat. 385b; De Int. 19^33-34. 22 Cf. Cat. 4a2i-4b2. 23 The claim that likeness in the case of a representational state is a two-place relation between an extramental object and the representation is also defended by Everson (1997, chap. 5). MEANING 21 the mental state as having an intentional object that is similar to the extramental object. By describing the mental state as a. pathema (literally, the result of some action on the mind), Aristotle emphasizes its origin in some antecedent cause.
MEANING 29 tionality seems to fit the internalized speech model of thought he inherited from Plato, for whom thought is internal discourse (Sophist 263c). Not only is anthropos significant by convention, but so too is the definition the Greek speaker uses to express its meaning. On the other hand, the insistence on the universality of the pathema of which the word is a sign suggests that for Aristotle the linguistic structures underlying the logoi expressed in the native language of the thinker are ones that are common to all speakers using synonymous terms.
Aristotle's Theory of Language and Meaning by Deborah K. W. Modrak