Consequences of the following truth: “Man comes to know”

-To say he comes to know means there is some motion from imperfect knowledge to perfect knowledge. But perfect knowledge is a knowledge where a certain whole is seen distinctly with all of its distinct parts. Imperfect knowledge, then, is characterized by seeing as many what is one whole, and/or seeing the parts of something indistinctly.

-If our knowledge begins with imperfect knowledge, then by however much knowledge is less distinct, so much more is it the first thing in our mind. But being is the most indistinct concept in our mind, for it describes all, and is entirely opposed to non- being, and included in its account.

-If being is the first concept in the mind, then the first concept of the mind is open to any distinction. The mind, for example, grasps something prior to “material being” or “spiritual being” or “logical being”- not in the sense that it sees something beyond them, but rather that the first awareness of the mind cannot be seen as a priori limited to, say, the empirical world, or the world of the subject, etc. The possibility of an absolutely transcendent being or world, and of our knowing it, is assured by the first principle of the mind. Whether such a being or world exists is a matter of argument, but the existence of anything is contained in the possibility of the first principle of the mind.

-Said another way, the following statement is false “the first principle of the human mind is limited in such a way as to make metaphysics impossible”.

-If advance in knowledge involves unifying what should be one, and dividing out what should be distinct, then the mind learns truth by composition and division.

-If perfect knowledge is distinct knowledge, then any set of fundamental distinctions will constitute a body of knowledge that is necessary in order to know.

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