Doctrine of Being in the Aristotelian Metaphysics by Joseph Owens, Etienne Gilson

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3* El,1026a 19-23; K 7,MXHbl-6. 3» £U026a23-32; K 7,1064b6-14. H>69al8. 41 r 3,I005a35. 1069al8-19. 43 £-1,1026316-18. 44 A 3,983b2-3. Cf. W. D. Ross, Arist. , I, 128. 45 Ph.. I 9,192a34-36; cf. II 2,l94bl4-15. 46 "One might be in aporia about whether the science of Being qua Being is to be regarded as universal or not. . " K 8,1064b6-14. Cf. E l,1026a23-32. 47 Cf. W. D. , pp. xi-xxi. JO THE APPROACH TO THE ARISTOTELIAN TREATMENT OF BEING How, and by what distinguishing marks, should we delimit the study of first principles?

I, 3, 8E. Cf. , Prologus, III, 7S. 34 ". . " E. Gilson, La Philosophic au May en Age, (1944), p. 413. , A l,982al-3; 2,982b9-10. 367* l,1003a26-32; E l,1025b3-4; K I,1059al8-20. 37 r U003a21-24; K 3,1060b31-32. 43 Again, it is the science of truth. 45 Can all these different modes of expression denote the same doctrine of Being? Aristotle himself appears conscious of no inconsistency or contradiction in these various designations. Even when raising a question that today seems to bring an antinomy to the fore, he writes as though unaware of any real difficulty.

6-20), for instance, interprets the Aristotelian Being qua Being in this sense. , p. 14. On the gradual 'emptying' of the notion of Being during the late mediaeval and post-Scholastic periods, cf. Andre Marc, L'Idee de I'Etre, pp. 1-11; E. Gilson, L'Etre rt {'Essence, pp. 121-212; Being and Some Philosophers, pp. 76-137. It is true that ex professo commentators remain as a rule too close to the text of the Metaphysics to use the term 'empty' in describing the Stagirite's Being qua Being. " Beitrage ziir Geschicfite der Griechischen Philosopfiie, p.

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