Donnerstag, 26. Januar 2023, 09:45 - 18:15 iCal

Being before Aristotle


Marietta-Blau-Saal, Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien, Hochparterre, Stiege 10
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


Weitere Termine

Freitag, 27. Januar 2023, 10:00 - 18:15

Aristotle’s elaborate theory of the multiple senses of being did not come out of nowhere. It was the culmination of an epoch-making discussion on the logical and semantic function of the verb εἰμί ‘am’ (≈ to be), as well as on the relation of this verb to truth and reality. We are certainly capable of naming some of those who contributed directly or indirectly to the classical concept of being, but the details of each particular contribution are less well known than would be desirable. Parmenides and Plato are the most visible figures of this historical process, but other thinkers also influenced the philosophical concept of being as we find it in Aristotle. Mention should be made, for instance, of emblematic sophists, such as Gorgias and Protagoras, but also of lesser-known figures, such as Antisthenes. To shed light on the ancient Greek concept of being, the colloquium “Being before Aristotle” will bring together scholars working on this area. Each of them will focus on a single thinker and address at least one of the following questions: (1) Was there a theory of predication, definition, enunciation, proposition, or assertion before Aristotle? (2) Was there a logical or linguistic approach to the notion of being before Aristotle?


Institut für Philosophie, FWF-Projekt M 3075-G: „Klassische Ontologie: Die Untersuchung des Seienden durch eine flektierte prädikative Struktur“


Ricardo Alcocer Urueta
Institut für Philosophie