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as they are able to remain side by side, that incompatibility begins when you occupy the same area …]: Two things are discrepant simply by being two. They are not both ‘this’. p. 146/bottom : ‘A is not both b and not-b’ means ‘A is not both b and c or d or e.’ (See p. 136.) p. 147/6-8 [And this does not mean that if a miracle in psychology were brought about, and the mind did judge both affirmatively and negatively, both judgments might be true.]: It is a common enough miracle. p. 147/12-16 [In the nature of things (this is what it all comes to) there are certain elements which either can not be conjoined at all, or can not be conjoined in some special way; and the nature of things must be respected by logic.]: For can read are. p. 147/27-33 [But in the present instance the law of Contradiction has had the misfortune to be flatly denied from a certain theory of the nature of things.]: Hegel! See Kierkegaard, Postscript, p. 270 foll. p. 152/22-32 [Disjunction asserts an area of incompatibles. Affirmation or denial of b is here the area within which A falls. The evidence that it does not fall outside and that all the discrepants are completely given, may be called my impotence to find any other.]: This needs correction in view of the fact that disjunction is, ‘A is b or c or d or e’ (see p. 136). Thus ‘A is b or not-b’ means ‘A either is b or it is c or d or e’. All the discrepants are completely given. 152/bottom : The three principles may be taken as:— 1. A is A—A is still A whether it is b or c or d or e. 2. A  is not both b and not-b—A is not both b and c or d or e. 3. A is either b or not-b—A is either b or c or d or e. p. 153/28-30 [‘Is motion continuous? Yes or no.’ I decline to answer until you tell me if; by saying Yes, I am taken to deny that it is also discrete.]: The point is that continuity is a selfcontradictory notion. (A = B, B = C; A ≠ C, whence A is not-A.) If you contradict a self-contradictory notion you get one that is no less self-contradictory. But see NoD, pa†iccasamuppåda (c). p. 155/1-4 [… if Things-in-themselves are taken as such to have existence, then that is not proved by our Excluded Middle, but is a sheer assumption on which we base it and which


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