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Journal:   MAQALAT WA BARRASIHA   Winter 2002 , Volume 34 , Number 70; Page(s) 223 To 243.
 
Paper: 

THE PROBLEM OF NON-EXISTING ENTITIES, THE MENTAL BEING AND THE UNIVERSAL PROPOSITION

 
 
Author(s):  ABBASIAN M.A.
 
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Abstract: 
Naturally, humans are capable of entertaining thoughts, or believing in propositions, about particular individuals or objects. Sometimes they express these thoughts or propositions by uttering declarative subject-predicate sentences, such as "Hafiz was a poet/ orl / You are reading a book". It seems to be that occasions in which people entertain thoughts whose subjects do not exist. In such cases, they also express their thoughts by uttering sentences of subject-predicate form, like" the round square is round". and "the golden mountain is high." But there is a general problem as to how one can say something about that which does not exist. According to a great number of Muslim philosophers, it is because of the "mental being" of non-existing entities and of the presence of their quiddity before the mind that we can make any assertion about these entities. We can express the proposition containing them by subject-predicate sentences. In this article, the author will show that the ontological argument of Muslim philosopers is both incapable of resolving the aforementioned problems, and unable to give a correct explanation of the theory of "mental being".
 
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ABBASIAN, M. (2002). THE PROBLEM OF NON-EXISTING ENTITIES, THE MENTAL BEING AND THE UNIVERSAL PROPOSITION. MAQALAT WA BARRASIHA, 34(70), 223-243. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=13947



Vancouver: Copy

ABBASIAN M.A.. THE PROBLEM OF NON-EXISTING ENTITIES, THE MENTAL BEING AND THE UNIVERSAL PROPOSITION. MAQALAT WA BARRASIHA. 2002 [cited 2021June15];34(70):223-243. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=13947



IEEE: Copy

ABBASIAN, M., 2002. THE PROBLEM OF NON-EXISTING ENTITIES, THE MENTAL BEING AND THE UNIVERSAL PROPOSITION. MAQALAT WA BARRASIHA, [online] 34(70), pp.223-243. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=13947.



 
 
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