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Aristotle

"The division of beings in this section is said to be related to the subject of the being, as it is opposed to the subject the being that is alternately classified as "in a subject." What Aristotle is doing in this section of the Categories is dividing the essential reality of things, or their existence, into four separate classes. Each of these classes has its limitations and parameters, but not all of them are mutually exclusive, which makes

this passage difficult to understand from the first reading: it initially appears that the philosopher is listing some things, such as "an individual man" in many different categories at once, rather than separating them. This example is give as being both of a subject and neither in nor of a subject, but it is done so in a way that makes an individual man appear at first to be the classifying parameters of "of a subject," rather than open to many categories at once, synchronously, or synonymously. The philosopher gives examples of each category or class of things that exist, but it is my opinion that he could have been more clear in differentiating these definitions, rather than proposing some that exist in many categories."

"The division of beings in this section is said to be related to the subject of the

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