[hist-analytic] Aristotle's Metaphysics: The Izz and the Hazz
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Mon May 11 17:21:47 EDT 2009
For the record: the exact link for Aristotle's Met. 1006a34 is, in the Ross
edn, Bk 7, Pt. 6 -- Sections 1-2. -- in R. B. Jones's pages that is:
The Greek reads as follows along with Ross's translation.
hoti men oun estin ho horismos ho TOU TI EN EINAI logos, kai TO TI EN
EINAI ê monôn tôn ousiôn estin ê malista kai prôtôs kai haplôs, dêlon.
poteron de tauton estin ê heteron TO TI EN EINAI kai hekaston, skepteon. esti
gar ti pro ergou pros tên peri tês ousias skepsin: hekaston te gar ouk allo
dokei einai tês heautou ousias, kai TO TI EN EINAI legetai einai hê
hekastou ousia. epi men dê tôn legomenôn kata sumbebêkos doxeien an heteron
einai, hoion leukos anthrôpos heteron kai TO LEUKOI ANTHROPOI EINAI ei gar to
auto, kai TO ANTHROPOI EINAI kai to leukôi anthrôpôi to auto: to auto gar
anthrôpos kai leukos anthrôpos, hôs phasin, hôste kai to leukôi anthrôpôi
kai to anthrôpôi: ê ouk anankê hosa kata sumbebêkos einai tauta, ou gar
hôsautôs ta akra gignetai tauta: all' isôs ge ekeino doxeien an sumbainein, ta
akra gignesthai tauta ta kata sumbebêkos, hoion to leukôi einai kai to
mousikôi: dokei de ou: epi de tôn kath' hauta legomenôn ar' anankê tauto einai,
hoion ei tines eisin ousiai hôn heterai mê eisin ousiai mêde phuseis heterai
proterai, hoias phasi tas ideas einai tines; ei gar estai heteron auto to
agathon kai to agathôi einai, kai zôion kai to zôiôi, kai to onti kai to
"We must inquire whether each thing and its essence are the same or
different." "This is of some use for the inquiry concerning substance; for each
thing is thought to be not different from its substance, and the essence is
said to be the substance of each thing."
Section 2. "Now in the case of accidental unities the two would be
generally thought to be different." "E. g. white man would be thought to be
different from the essence of white man.
[leukos anthropos] =/= [to leukoi
lit. white man to be a
"For if they are the same, the essence of man and that of white man are
also the same."
[Cfr. 'white suprematism'!] 1981 Times 18 Mar. 8/6 "The Rustenburg
constituency..represents some of its most far-right votes for white supremacy"]
Aristotle/Ross goes on:
"For a man and a white man are the same thing, as people say, so that the
essence of white man and that of man would be also the same." "But perhaps
it does not follow that the essence of accidental unities should be the
same as that of the simple terms."
"ê ouk anankê hosa kata sumbebêkos einai tauta, ou gar hôsautôs ta akra
Right. But then is Aristotle saying that in the old-use of 'coloured' every
man has to be _coloured_. I would think so. In fact, my friends who
describe theirselves as 'white' I say, "don't you think _pink_ describes you
better?" (I narrow down 'white' to what _Diary of a Disappointed Man_ calls a
'Tuke boy')Oddly, the OED defines 'coloured', among other ways, as, "Having
a skin other than ‘white’" (This is _not_ analytic a priori alla "Nothing
[not even The Times] can be white and black and red all over"] (The first
use for 'coloured' (in this use) being (1611) but a colourful quote found in
Mrs. Stowe: 1850 MRS. STOWE Uncle Tom's C. xviii. 182 Among the coloured
circles of New Orleans).
Aristotle goes on:
>For the extreme terms are not in the same way identical with the middle
term. But perhaps this might be thought to follow, that the extreme terms,
the accidents, should turn out to be the same, e.g. the essence of white
and that of musical; but this is not actually thought to be the case."
Exactly. But we do speak of _black_ music, though. ("jazz"). :). Oddly I
was reading in a book in the series of Sexual Diversity edited by the
University of Sussex (of all the world's universities) that 'musical' (that some
translate as 'cultured') was once synonym with 'gay'! ("Are you musical?"
Being a code question.
But surely some say I'm rambling and that the Metaphysics is complex enough
without us needing to tease about coloured and musical!
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