Aristotle's Psychology of Signification

2014.08.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Noriega-Olmos, Aristotle's Psychology of Signification: A Commentary on De Interpretatione 16a3-18, De Gruyter, 2013,
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2014.08.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Noriega-Olmos, Aristotle's Psychology of Signification: A Commentary on De Interpretatione 16a3-18, De Gruyter, 2013, $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783110287653. Reviewed by David Charles, Oriel College, University of Oxford Simon Noriega-Olmos aims to challenge a traditional line of interpretation of Aristotle's remarks in De Interpretatione 1 and to suggest an alternative which is 'entirely coherent, rich in philosophical insight and Aristotelian in spirit' although 'not fully compatible with the common modern understanding of signification.' (p. 2). While Noriega-Olmos discusses Aristotle's remarks on vocalized sound, signs and convention in other passages, his attention is directed mainly on five key lines near the beginning of this chapter. A neutral, but somewhat uninformative, translation of these lines might be: The primary items of which vocalized sounds and written letters are signs are the same. . .

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