Being as opposed to generalization

Being is not a genus, and thus is not made by generalization. The unity that we experience in being is not the same unity that we experience in dog, since this latter unity only comes by abstracting from things that really exist (like the differences between Fido and Rover or between dachshunds and greyhounds). As it is not grasped by generalization, neither is it grasped by hypothesis, since every hypothesis generalizes. Induction from experience also does not mean the same thing in the investigation of being, since induction generalizes in trying to separate what belongs to all from what does not (though both are experienced together).  

Note that this absence of generalization is common to every analogous whole. One does not generalize a notion of health when in calling both medicine and the animal healthy.

1 Comment

  1. Mike said,

    January 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Although being is not a logical genus it is a genus subiectum. As such while it does not imply the kind of generalization that results from abstraction it does imply universality – and the metaphysician’s challenge and task is to make sense of this.


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