The Individual Realism of Aristotle

Revista da Faculdade de Direito de Conselheiro Lafaiete, Nova Fase, Vol. 3, pp. 65-82, 2007

22 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2009 Last revised: 8 Apr 2011

Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer

Amsterdam University College

Date Written: April 16, 2009

Abstract

This article compares Aristotelian and Christian ontology and sets out a new ‘de-christianised’ perspective on Aristotle’s realism. The difference between the realism of Aristotle and Christianity is a difference between individual and general realism.

The individual realism of Aristotle elucidates why Greek thinking on mathematics, logic and natural science did not lead to further development of the natural sciences and why the detour by way of Christian metaphysics was necessary for further growth of these sciences. On the other hand, the individual realism of Aristotle led to the development of an exquisite theory of action, viz. Roman Law. In this respect it fits the renewed attention to the contextuality of action.

The influence of individual realism on civil law as it still exists today is examined mainly with reference to its relevance for the concepts of the subject, the formality of law and the case method.

Keywords: epistemology, ontology, Aristotle, metaphysics, realism, civil law, formal law

Suggested Citation

Huppes-Cluysenaer, Liesbeth, The Individual Realism of Aristotle (April 16, 2009). Revista da Faculdade de Direito de Conselheiro Lafaiete, Nova Fase, Vol. 3, pp. 65-82, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1386937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1386937

Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer (Contact Author)

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