This book argues that Aristotle offers us a consistent theory of
definition, according to which a particular type of definition -
one which states the formal cause of a simple item - is
fundamental. It begins by considering definitions as indemonstrable
first principles in demonstrations, and inquires how such
definitions can have the certainty required by that role. Later
chapters look to the Metaphysics to understand how the unity of
definitions guarantees their certainty, and to the topics to
discover why definitions must be formulated in terms of the genus
and differentia(e) of the object defined. This work contributes to
our understanding of the connection between the function of
definition in demonstration and its character as a statement of
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