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An Interpretation of Existence by Joseph Owens

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Yet the conceiving of the real capture as taking place in real existence was not enough to assure him that it actually would take place: CHARACTERISTICS OF EXISTENCE 69 it has no other content. The content of the concept "exis­ tence" is that of "something," "perfection," or ''actuality" ­ all originally categorical notions. The content of "real" is taken from the notion of thing. Combining the two does not place the composite concept outside the realm attained by con­ ceptualization. It does not tell one whether anything does exist.

Because they are universal, they permit syllogistic reasoning. Because they base the reasoning on what is known through judgment, they can lead to an existential conclusion. But if their focns is removed for a moment from what the judgment is grasp­ ing and they are taken jnst in themselves, they have no ability whatever to provide a ground that would allow one to reason to any existence or to any nonexistence. •• In it, in one way or another, one takes one's �collection of the outstanding views on the ontological argument may he found in The Ontological Argnment, ed.

In this way all things are brought under the general notion of existents; middle terms are available for reasoning, and commonly shared. notions of existence permit verbal communication. To have the rea­ soning based on the characteristic content of existence, how­ ever, the universal concepts have to keep spotlighting what My plans That soar, to earth may fall, Let once my army-leader Lannes Waver at yonder wall ("Incident of the French Camp" ) . The concept "real existence" is in itself formed from no­ tions taken from the order of the categories.

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