By Hans Arens

This quantity encompasses a fragment from Aristotle’s Peri Hermeneias [16a1–17a7], with a translation into English and a observation. This fragment is essential to the knowledge of Aristotle’s considering language. it's through (translations of) commentaries on Aristotle’s textual content through students among 500 and 1750, displaying how his textual content was once perceived over the years. The commentaries are by means of Ammonius, Boethius, Abelaerd, Albertus Magnus, Thomas Acquinas, Martinus de Dacia, Johannes a S. Thoma, and James Harris. every one statement is in flip commented upon through the compiler of this quantity.

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Q. ; in fact, the current is intended as an extension (because, if it have been a second, you can neither do nor say anythinq in it), yet these consiqnifyinq the time round it (with "around" he capability the prior and the long run as surroundinq the current) he calls situations of the verb, as though they have been formal transformations of the verbs connotinq the current, in order that the verb within the 110 AMMONIUS right experience is that during the current stressful which indicates whatever finite. And if the following back anyone may still ask why Aristotle didn't upload those modifications to his definition of the verb prior to, we are saying: the latter isn't really incomplete, as Herminus thinks, yet to the thinker 'rhema' has sev­ eral meanings, and the definition given first capability a few­ factor varied from what the thinker describes by way of his current additions; for we discover 'rhema' utilized in a threefold experience: (a) each note /53/ that consignifies time, no a part of which has separate which means, and that's continuously stated of whatever else, as outlined at the beginning, in response to which definition the verba infinita and the transformations of the rhema could even be rhemata; (b) each be aware that consigni­ fies the current by myself and designates whatever finite, the definition given us via what he stated final; (c) each notice that's predicate in a proposition, and after this defini­ tion 'good','just','white', and 'animal', while functioning as predicates, will be rhemata, which they weren't in any of the previous significations. That he knew this sig­ nification of 'rhema' too he confirmed already on the commence­ ning of this treatise with the words:"The onomata and the rhemata are like ideas with no composition and department, e. g. 'man' or 'white' whilst not anything is extra. " And farther down one will locate that he has a similar notion while he says : "Transposed, the onomata and rhemata represent the same'. ' With those phrases he transposes 'man' and 'white', one in all them being onoma, the opposite rhema. /The following textual content of thirteen traces exhibits that Ammonius misunderstands Aristotle, who merely thinks of a transformation of place, no longer of function/. (22,23) /54/ whilst the rhemata are spoken on my own ... can't recognize. After giving us the extra normal and the extra specified definition of the rhema within the previous paragraph he wishes COMMENTARY 111 to inform us in regards to the rhemata with repect to expressing fact or falsity. first and foremost already ... he says that: all easy phrases ... can exhibit neither fact nor falsity, and wishing to make this particularly transparent he now exhibits that the very be aware that looks probably to comprise fact or fal­ sity, I suggest the rhema, indicates neither ... and he says: "When the rhemata are spoken on my own, as such, they're onomata and symbolize something", announcing 'onomata' rather than 'significant', and including "and represent whatever" to make it clearer; as a proof of the truth that the rhemata characterize anything he then adds:"for the speaker stops the considering, and the hearer involves leisure" . that's to claim: we terminate the act of considering that runs parallel pace­ rally to the pronunciation of the rhema hygiainei, ...

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