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[… la seule façon d’exister pour une conscience c’est d’avoir conscience qu’elle existe.]90: A half truth—a consciousness cannot have itself as object (even non-thétique), but only another layer of consciousness. [Ces lignes noires servent à la fois à la constitution de l’image « Chevalier » ou de la perception « traits noirs sur une feuille blanche ».]91: No. In the first case there are no lines, only the image. This opinion is S’s fundamental mistake, which he never afterwards corrects. Stebbing, L. Susan, A Modern Introduction to Logic, London: Methuen, 1930 [5th ed., 1946] [Neither Bradley, nor Bosanquet, nor any of this school of Idealist Logicians, has ever succeeded in making clear what exactly is meant by the principle of identity-in-difference upon which the metaphysical logic of the Idealists is based.]: Invariance under transformation? This cannot be made clear to a mathematical logician, since he does not know what it is to exist. [Mr. I.A. Richards has suggested the convenient terminology “the scientific use of language” and “the emotive use of language”. When language is used simply in order to refer to a referend its use is scientific.]: Nonsense! This suggests that any exact statement is scientific, i.e. impersonal or objective. A subjective statement can be no less precise. [But, as we have seen, a descriptive phrase which is, of course, connotative may have no application, e.g. ‘glass mountain’, ‘circular square’, ‘consistent philosopher’, ‘impeccable statesman’.] ‘circular square’ u/l: A ‘circular square’ is not connotative. [Affirmative existential propositions are true if, and only if, the descriptive phrase applies to an individual existing in the actual world.] ‘applies … world’ u/l: On p. 80 you say that an assertion of existence is an assertion that a certain property belongs to something, and an example

90.  ‘… the only way of existing for consciousness is to be conscious of its existence.’ 91.  ‘Black lines serve as well for constituting the image “Knight” as for the perception “Black marks on a white a page”.’

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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