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Logoi and Pathêmata

Aristotle and the modal/amodal distinction in modern theories of concepts


Lars Inderelst

«Concept» is a central notion in modern philosophy that also influences other disciplines like psychology and linguistics. The author compares modern theories to the work of Aristotle as the first philosopher with an extensive corpus and one of the predecessors both of classical theory and of modal theories of «concepts». It is surprising that there is no equivalent term for «concept» in his work. Both pathêma and logos are central to his theory of language and thought. Therefore, this book describes which notion in Aristotle’s writing comes closest to «concept» and whether or not it generates a precise theory.

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Lars Inderelst studied philosophy and classics at the University of Düsseldorf and is specialized in ancient philosophy. As a researcher he was part of the interdisciplinary research center CRC 991 “The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science” and compared positions from the history of philosophy to very recent trends in cognitive science such as frame-theory and embodied cognition.

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