The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

Homonymy in Aristotle and Speusippus

Jonathan Barnesa1

a1 Oriel College, Oxford

There are important differences between Aristotle's account of homonymy and synonymy on the one hand, and Speusippus' on the other; in particular, Aristotle treated homonymy and synonymy as properties of things, whereas Speusippus treated them as properties of words. Despite this difference, in certain significant passages Aristotle fell under the influence of Speusippus and used die words “homonymous” and “synonymous” in their Speusippan senses.’