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Headword: Ἰσόκωλον
Adler number: iota,651
Translated headword: equimembral
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] that which has equal parts. Aristotle says[1] that if an account of something compound is rendered which has as many parts as the compound also has -- [a compound] whose definition is rendered -- this account will not be a definition of that [compound]. For in the accounts thus rendered there must be a transference of the names into [a single] name.
Greek Original:
Ἰσόκωλον: τὸ ἶσα μέρη ἔχον. λέγει δὲ Ἀριστοτέλης ὅτι, ἐὰν συνθέτου τινὸς λόγος ἀποδοθῇ τοσαῦτα μέρη ἔχων, ὅσα καὶ τὸ σύνθετον ἔχει, οὗ ὁ ὁρισμὸς ἀποδίδοται, οὐκ ἔσται οὗτος ὁ λόγος ὁρισμὸς ἐκείνου. ἐν γὰρ τοῖς οὕτως ἀποδιδομένοις λόγοις ἀναγκαῖον ὀνομάτων εἰς ὄνομα τὴν μετάληψιν γεγονέναι.
This entry is taken (with some variations) from Alexander of Aphrodisias, Commentaries on Aristotle's Topica 477.27-478.1 Wallies.
[1] Topica 148b33-37.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 4 December 2003@18:11:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified aspects of translation; cosmetics) on 5 December 2003@04:06:53.
David Whitehead on 15 January 2013@07:53:34.
David Whitehead (coding) on 27 April 2016@07:09:08.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 17 February 2019@22:43:02.


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