185 Nicomachean Ethics, I, 1096 b 26-29 W. W. FORTENBAUGH n Chapter 6 of Book I of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle argues against the Platonic form of Goodness. At 1096b25 he thinks his case won and concludes that the good is not a universal corre- sponding to a single idea. This conclusion, however, is not wholly satisfactory so that Aristotle adds (1096b26-29) : The previous polemic against the Platonists might suggest that the different uses of the word "good" are fortuitously equivocal. Aristotle now moves to counter this impression. Two ways are suggested in which different uses of "good", while remaining equivocal, are not fortuitously equivocal. The second suggestion, that of analogy, Aristot- le explains by means of an example. The first suggestion, Tw elv«i i npos 9V auvTeaEw is not elucidated by Aristotle. It has been generally2 supposed that this first suggestion introduces the focal analysis by which "being" and "one" are analyzed in the central books of the Metaphysics. According to this supposition, Aristotle suggests that "good" can be analyzed like "being". Different senses of "good" can be shown to be conceptually dependent upon some primary sense which first must be comprehended if the other senses
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