107 Individuals in Aristotle's Categories BARRINGTON JONES ith the publication of J. L. Ackrill's translation of the Cate- goyiesi and G. E. L. Owen's paper "Inherence"2 a dispute has arisen over what Aristotle means in that work by an individual where the individuals in question are not prime substances. The bulk of published opinion has favoured Ackrill's account of the matter,3 an account which is also found in the writings of W. D. Ross and Miss Anscombe.4 However, this account involves certain difficulties. The major difficulty is an internal one, the question of the inter- pretation of 2 a 34-b 6. This passage is described by Ackrill as "com- pressed and careless,"5 while Owen claims that the matter "is put beyond question" in favour of his own view by the lines, and that "by themselves they settle the issue."s A second immediate difficulty is that such non-substantial individuals do not seem to reappear else- where in the Aristotelian corpus and are absent even from his discus- sion of the various categories in the Categories itself. Modern philos- ophers may have been inured to entities of this type by the centuries of phenomenalist writing that have intervened, but it
Phronesis – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1972
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