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By Gerhard Seel, Jean-Pierre Schneider, Daniel Schulthess (eds.)

Ever on account that Aristotle's recognized argument concerning the sea-battle day after today, there was in depth and debatable dialogue between philosophers no matter if the reality of statements in regards to the destiny results in determinism. Ther e is controversy approximately Aristotle's personal strategy to the matter, in addition to the perspectives of classical and medieval commentators on Aristotle. Seel's publication makes an attempt to reply to this question for the Neoplatonist Ammonius (5th-6th century AD). In so doing, he additionally opens up new insights into Neoplatonic suggestion.

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Also G. Seel 1982b. ' The reasoning underlying Β is that according to D [Cp] is true now and therefore, according to the principle of correspondence, it is the case now that ρ will occur at a precise moment in the future. Furthermore, and still according to D, it is possible now that ~p will occur at the same moment. If one supposes that this possibility is actualised one gets that it is the case now that ρ will occur at a precise future moment and that it is the case now that ~p will occur at that same moment.

Sec. 1. For Ammonius see In Int. 34-1553. Cp. H. ; D. Frede 1985, 75. Cp. N. Kretzmann 1998,36. Future Contingencies: The problem and its possible solutions 35 given time every sentence eventually has exactly one of these two truth values, true or false; and so at any time at which it does not yet have one of those truth values it has the disjunctive property either-true-or-false. 58 It only means that the values true and false "exhaust the possibilities of which one is to be realised for each such proposition".

Now, the division on the basis of the subject term arises in this way. The subject term in a sentence is either singular or universal. And the division is immediate: for, as we said, the nature signified by the subject term must be one, just as that signified by the predicate too, if the sentence is really going to be one. But it is necessary that this one nature be said either of several things or only of one. If what is used as subject term is something said of one thing only, such as 'Socrates' or 'Plato', it is clear that the sentence will be singular, but if it is something said of several things, such as 'man' or 'animal', the sentence will be universal; and besides these there is .

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