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Equivocal, Univocal, and Derivative Predication

At the beginning of his┬áCategories, Aristotle explains the difference between “equivocal,” “univocal,” and “derivative” naming or predication: Things are said to be named ‘equivocally’ when, though they have a common name, the definition corresponding with the name differs for each. Thus, a real man and a figure in a picture can both lay claim to […]