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Poli, Roberto

Aristtotle'sTheory of Wholes


ISBN: 978-3-88405-568-7

Price: €14.80 (including 19 % tax)


Introduction.  Aristotle wrote about parts and wholes interspersed in most of his works, which shows that the problem was a source of constant concern to him. The resulting theory was historically successful: indeed, its influence lasted for more than twenty centuries (Henry 1991). However, none of the best-established reconstructions of Aristotle’s thought published in the last 200 years has contained a chapter explicitly dealing with his theory of parts and wholes. This would seem to suggest that the reconstruction of Aristotle’ s theory of wholes and parts leads to some deep underlying problems in Aristotle’s framework. Indeed it appears that Aristotle failed to clarify the connections among the theory of categories, the role of the principles (the tension between the dynamics of actuality and potency and the  principle of the one being the main sources of difficulty), the theory of whole and parts, and the theory of the ...


 


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