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Studia Neoaristotelica

Volume 6, Issue 2, 2009

A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

David Peroutka OCD
Pages 265-289

Aristotelské pojetí možného
A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

The genuinely Aristotelian conception of possibilia (possible non-existing entities) does not admit their own potency to coming-to-be (“objective potency”), nor, consequently, does it ascribe any kind of “weak” existence to them. Nevertheless we can (and need) admit possibilia as legitimate objects of rational discourse. In its concluding part this paper proposes a definition of the logically possible, as well as a definition of the ontologically possible (which is possible not only because its notion is noncontradictory, but also due to the existence of its potential causes).