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Syllogisms and existence in Aristotle’s posterior analytics
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KARBOWSKI, Joseph. Syllogisms and existence in Aristotle’s posterior analytics. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 42, n. 4, p. 211–242, 2019. Disponível em: Acesso em: 14 abr. 2024.


In this paper I examine how Aristotle thinks syllogisms establish existence. I argue against the traditional "Instantiation" reading and in favor of an alternative "causal" or "structural" account of existential syllogisms. On my interpretation, syllogisms establish the existence of kinds by revealing that they are per se unities whose features are causally underwritten by a single cause/essence. They do so by tracing correlations between propria--peculiar, coextensive features--of the kind in question.

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