Monthly Archives: May 2016

Criticizing Aristotle on “substance”

Here’s a simplified criticism of the Aristotelian theory of substance. For Aristotle, a substance has three components: matter, form, and accidents, each playing a different explanatory role. Consider a tree. It’s one thing, but also a member of a particular natural … Continue reading

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Boiardo’s Cosmpolitan Charlemagne

In book one of Matteo Boiardo’s epic Orlando Inamorato, King Charlemagne hears of the invasion of Muslim-controlled Spain by a vast army from the Far East (Cathay). He summons his council, and makes an observation that’s both irenic and pragmatic: Io odo … Continue reading

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Kant Corrects Plato

In the Theaetetus 195e-196-b Socrates confronts Theaetetus with an apparent paradox: surely it’s impossible, he has Theaetetus admit, for anyone to think that 11 is 12. But, he notes, it happens all the time that someone tries to add 5+7  and comes up with … Continue reading

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