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Chapter 2

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240433.003.0002
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The main concept for the second point has to do with the doctrine that states that definition leads to the conception of things. It is asserted against this doctrine that verifiers amongst the thinkers know that the function of a definition is to distinguish between the definiendum and other things, just like name, whose function is not to give a concept of the definiendum, nor to delimit its reality. The claim that definitions lead to forming a concept of things is that of the Greek logicians, the followers of Aristotle, as well as those Muslims and others who have followed their path by believing and imitating them. However, the majority of Muslim thinkers, theologians, and others hold a different view.

Keywords: definition; concepts; thinkers; reality; logicians; Greece; Aristotle; Muslims; theologians

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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