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Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 12, Issue 2, 2012

ISTVÁN M. BODNÁR
Pages 269-281

Sôzein ta phainomena
Some Semantic Considerations

Saving the appearances (sôzein ta phainomena) often features as a programmatic description of the aim and objective of ancient astronomical theory. The paper, after an expository section, discusses some earlier proposals for what such a programme presupposes. After this, through a survey of the usage in Plato and Aristotle of some key terms—among them the verb sôzein—describing the relationship of an account to what it is an account of, submits that the phrase in this semantic framework could express the crucial property of an account that it is faithful to the phenomena, and it does not overrule or discard them.

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