Aristotle and real possibility

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Quigley, Peter
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Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
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Ross, Hintikka, Waterlow and Makin have all suggested that there is something problematic about Aristotle’s treatment of possibility. I will canvas their concerns and propose that the problem is not so much with Aristotle as the fact that the notion of possibility is not a single simple concept. I will present eight different components of the notion of possibility and suggest that Aristotle may have been aware of all of them. I will conclude whilst his treatment can appear inconsistent, it is instead, an attempt to give a complete description of a complex notion.
Greek studies, Aristotle, Philosophy
Quigley, P., 2015. Aristotle and real possibility. In: M. Tsianikas, G. Couvalis and M. Palaktsoglou (eds.) "Reading, interpreting, experiencing: an inter-cultural journey into Greek letters". Modern Greek Studies Association of New Zealand, 51-61.