By Alexander of Aphrodisias
The statement of Alexander of Aphrodisias on Aristotle's past Analytics 1.8-22 is the most old remark, through the 'greatest' commentator, at the chapters of the past Analytics within which Aristotle invented modal common sense - the good judgment of propositions approximately what's important or contingent (possible). during this quantity, which covers chapters 1.8-13, Alexander of Aphrodisias reaches the bankruptcy within which Aristotle discusses the concept of contingency. additionally integrated during this quantity is Alexander's observation on that a part of previous Analytics 1.17 and is the reason the conversion of contingent propositions (the remainder of 1.17 is integrated within the moment quantity of Mueller's translation).
Aristotle additionally invented the syllogism, a method of argument regarding premises and a end. Modal propositions should be deployed in syllogism, and within the chapters integrated during this quantity Aristotle discusses syllogisms which include useful propositions in addition to the extra arguable ones containing one beneficial and one non-modal premiss. The dialogue of syllogisms containing contingent propositions is reserved for quantity 2.
In each one quantity, Ian Mueller presents a finished clarification of Alexander's statement on modal good judgment as an entire.
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Extra resources for Alexander of Aphrodisias: On Aristotle Prior Analytics: 1.8-13 (with 1.17, 36b35-37a31) (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle)
Perhaps the most impor- Introduction 31 tant is that for him the meaning of contingency is determined by the diorismos, not by any temporal account. 2. 17, 36b35-37a31) Aristotle’s denial of EE-conversionc is controversial. Alexander’s discussion of it is dense, but is largely a scholastic defence of Aristotle’s position. We will mention a few points in it, but we will mainly content ourselves with describing Aristotle’s text. In the case of negative propositions, it is not the same. , if someone were to say that it is contingent that what is human is not a horse or that white holds of no cloak.
3. We also use the word ‘syllogism’ to mean roughly ‘valid inference’. If the Notes to pp. 5-13 35 premisses P1 and P2 are syllogistic, Alexander says things such as ‘There is (or will be) a syllogism’, and if the conclusion yielded is P3, he often says there is a syllogism of P3. We frequently render the former words as ‘The result is a syllogism’ and the latter ‘There is a syllogism with the conclusion P3’. 4. We adopt the convention of writing the conclusions of syllogistic combinations after the premisses.
If someone were to say that it is contingent that what is human is not a horse or that white holds of no cloak. For of these examples the former does not hold by necessity, and it is not necessary that the latter hold – and the proposition converts in the same way; for, if it is contingent that horse holds of no human, it will be possible (enkhôrei) that human holds of no horse, and if it is possible that white holds of no cloak, it is possible that cloak holds of nothing white – for if it is necessary that it holds of some, then white will also hold of some cloak by necessity (for this was proved earlier).