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- DescriptionSylvester Mauro, S.J. (1619-1687) ted that human intellects can grasp what is, what is t, what can be, and what cant be. The first principle, it is t possible that the same thing simultaneously be and t be, involves them all. On the Borders of Being and Kwing begins with Greeks distinguishing being from something and proceeds to the late Scholastic doctrine of supertranscendental being, which embraces both. On the way is Aristotle's distinction between being as being and being as true and his extension of the latter to include impossible objects. The Stoics will see something as the widest object of human cognition and will affirm that, as signifiable, impossible objects are something, more than mere nsense. In the sixteenth century, Francisco Suarez will identify mind-dependent beings most of all with impossible objects and will also regard them as signifiable. By this point, two conceptions will stand in opposition. One, adumbrated by Averroes, will explicitly accept the reality and kwability of impossible objects. The other, going back to Alexander of Aphrodisias, will see impossibles as accidental and false conjunctions of possible objects. Seventeenth-century Scholastics will divide on this line, but in one way or ather will anticipate the Kantian tion of der Gegenstand uberhaupt. Going farther, Scholastics will see the two-sided upper border of being and kwing at God and the negative theology, and will fix the equally double lower border at supertranscendental being and supertranscendental n-being, which nbeing, remaining intelligible, will negate the actual, the possible, and even the impossible.
- Author BiographyJohn P. Doyle is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Saint Louis University and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Victor M. Salas is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
- Author(s)John P. Doyle
- PublisherLeuven University Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2011
- Series TitleAncient and Medieval Philosophy, Series 1
- Series Part/Volume Number44
- Place of PublicationLeuven
- Country of PublicationBelgium
- ImprintLeuven University Press
- Weight799 g
- Width160 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byVictor M. Salas
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