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Essays on Being

ISBN : 9780199654352

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¥4,840
著者: 
Charles H. Kahn
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296 ページ
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Paperback
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144 x 215 mm
刊行日
2012年09月
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This volume presents a series of essays published by Charles Kahn over a period of forty years, in which he seeks to explicate the ancient Greek concept of Being. He addresses two distinct but intimately related problems, one linguistic and one historical and philosophical. The linguistic problem concerns the theory of the Greek verb einai, 'to be': how to replace the conventional but misleading distinction between copula and existential verb with a more adequate theoretical account. The philosophical problem is in principle quite distinct: to understand how the concept of Being became the central topic in Greek philosophy from Parmenides to Aristotle. But these two problems converge on what Kahn calls the veridical use of einai. In the earlier papers he takes that connection between the verb and the concept of truth to be the key to the central role of Being in Greek philosophy. In the later papers he interprets the veridical in terms of a more general semantic function of the verb, which comprises the notions of existence and instantiation as well as truth.

目次: 

Introduction
1. The Greek verb 'to be' and the concept of Being
2. The terminology for copula and existence
3. Why existence does not emerge as a distinct concept in Greek philosophy
4. Some philosophical uses of 'to be' in Plato
5. A return to the verb 'to be' and the concept of Being
6. The thesis of Parmenides
7. Being in Parmenides and Plato
8. Parmenides and Plato once more
Postscript on Parmenides: Parmenides and physics. The direction of the chariot ride in the proem. The epistemic preference for Fire.

著者について: 

Charles H. Kahn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

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