Chapter 4

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:
Chapter 4

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The point covered in this chapter is the fourth and the enigmatic one which has to do with the logicians' doctrine that syllogism or demonstration leads to the certain knowledge of judgements. The logicians' error concerning the first three points covered in the previous chapters is clear with the least of reflection. It was rather easy to prove and comprehend and the confusions were mostly caused by exaggerations and protracted discussions. For this fourth point, however, it is rather different since a syllogism formed of two premises resulting in a conclusion is in itself valid. The previous points mentioned in the earlier chapters are relatively easy as it was obvious that there was no way to establish with certainty such categorical denials.

Keywords: syllogism; demonstration; judgements; protracted discussions; premises; conclusion; categorical denials

Chapter.  19114 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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