Chapter 1

Wael B. Hallaq

in Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240433
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680175 | DOI:
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No concept can be formed except by means of definition, as goes the first point by the logicians. First, this asserts that there is no doubt that the onus of proofs rests with him who negates, just at it rests with him who affirms. Second, it may be argued that what is intended by ‘definition’ is the definiendum itself. Third, all the communities of scholars and advocates of religious doctrines, craftsmen, and professionals know the things they need to know, and verify what they encounter in the sciences, and the professions without speaking of definitions. Another point is that people until this very day are not known to have definitions which accord with their principles. These are the four main points in addition to others which are explored in this chapter.

Keywords: doctrine; definition; definiendum; scholars; advocates; concepts; knowledge

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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