This list does not attempt to be exhaustive, and Aristotle himself did not always use it consistently. The purpose of these categories is to show how these predicates ( categoria means predicate) can describe a subject. This foundational work therefore sets the boundaries for terms and the types of distinctions that are possible. In On Interpretation Aristotle turns from terms to propositions, which are sentences that contain either truth or falsity. Propositions assert judgments about concepts; for Aristotle, concepts are the likenesses of things, as experienced by a given person, in contrast to objective reality. A proposition attempts to combine or separate concepts, and it is to be considered true when its combination or separation corresponds to a combination or separation of the things it represents. This recognition of language as a signifier therefore provides the basis for an understanding of what truth and falsity
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