By Werner Marx

This learn kinds a part of a much wider research whieh will inquire into the connection of Ontology and Anthropology. because the that means of the time period 'ontology' is way from transparent, the speedy job is to invite the 'father of ontology' what he may need understood it to intend. The introductory bankruptcy emphasizes the truth that Aristotle hirnself by no means used the time period 'ontology. ' it may be under pressure immediately that, even had be used it, he couldn't very weH have hired it to indicate the self-discipline of ontology. For it used to be in simple terms in the course of the period of the schoolmen that the massive and wealthy physique of the prote philosophia got here to be disciplined into classifications; those classifications mirrored the Christian, - no longer the pagan Greek -, view of all-that-is. The metaphysica specialis facing God (theology), his creatures (psychology), and the created universe (cosmology), was once differentiated from the metaphysica generalis, facing being-in-general (ens commune). This latter self-discipline amounted to the 'discipline of ontology'. 1 we're not concemed with the which means of the metaphysica generalis. we want to method our challenge with an open brain and need to listen to at once from Aristotle - at the foundation of the textual content of the prote Philosophia on my own - which physique of proposal he may have known as his 'ontology' and what its which means may have been.

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