Vol. 37 No. 1 (2017): Language and Truth. Philosophy and Religious Discourse

L’Aristotele di Vittorio Sainati e l’Aristotele dei contemporanei

Luca Gili
Département de philosophie Université du Québec à Montréal
Teoria (vol 37, no 1, year 2017)

Published 2017-07-14


  • Vittorio Sainati,
  • Aristotle,
  • modal syllogistic,
  • categories,
  • logic,
  • ...More

How to Cite

Gili, L. (2017). L’Aristotele di Vittorio Sainati e l’Aristotele dei contemporanei. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 37(1), 175–186. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v37i1.9


Vittorio Sainati wrote two books and several articles on Aristotle’s logical thought. In this paper I reconstruct Sainati’s intepretation of Aristotle’s logic. I show that Sainati anticipates some of the contributions by Michael Frede and Marko Malink. I focus on two aspects: 1) Sainati’s reconstruction of Aristotle’s doctrine of the categories and 2) Sainati’s claim that it is possible to make sense of Aristotle’s necessity syllogistic if we believe that the necessity operator is used to express the necessity of the per se predications. I show that Sainati’s idea that logical categories are nothing but predications has been further developed by M. Frede in a famous essay. Additionally, I show that Malink’s interpretation of modal syllogistic against the backdrop of Aristotle’s theory of predication echoes Sainati’s contributions. My paper aims at showing the depth of Sainati’s intepretation of Aristotle’s logic.