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Plato and Aristotle

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When things have only a name in common and the definition of being which corresponds to the name is different, they are called homonymous. Thus, for example, both a man and a picture are animals. These have a common name (for each of these is called animal), but the definition of being is different. For if one is to define the man, he will say he is a perceptive living substance, and the picture an imitation of a perceptive living substance.

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