On Aristotle's Prior Analytics 1.14-22. (Book reviews: summaries and comments *).
In his commentary Alexander attempts to clarify the meaning of Aristotle's text or even to correct an occasional mistake. According to Alexander, Theophrastus made some suggestions to improve Aristotle's modal logic. However, as Sir David Ross observes (Aristotle's Prior and Posterior Analytics, Oxford, 1949, p. 46), Aristotle is mainly guided by metaphysical considerations. For him the distinction between the necessary and the contingent is of major importance.
Professor Mueller's introduction is a gold mine for the logician. The translation, which runs from page 75 to 183, is followed by 43 pages of notes which may be consulted at the beginning of each paragraph, so as to facilitate a better understanding of the subject dealt with. In a first appendix Professor Mueller considers the expression "by necessity" which Aristotle does not explain. According to Mueller, what is necessary belongs to the definition or is a property. It would seem nevertheless that we should first look for the ontological foundation of "belonging necessarily to something." In the following appendices certain texts of the De interpretatione are explained as well as Theophrastus' view of contingency. An English-Greek glossary, a Greek-English index, an index of subjects and an index locorum complete the work. The book is an important study, conducted which acuity. The students of Aristotle's modal logic will benefit from consulting this edition of Alexander's commentary on the Prior Analytics.--Leo J. Elders, Institute of Philosophy, "Rolduc, "Kerkrade, The Netherlands.
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|Author:||Elders, Leo J.|
|Publication:||The Review of Metaphysics|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2001|
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