Proper object of human knowledge

If we understand being in its principle sense as substance (or even as “a thing”) then it is proper to human knowledge to know being through the signs of being; where these signs are only beings per accidens.

(N.B. “sign” means something given to sensation which, being known, makes something other than itself known.)

Thus, it is proper to human beings to understand being through what is not a being per se. To say this does not disclose the sense of perseity involved, but it does locate the question of being on one side of a logical opposition, in such a way that the elements of this opposition are both involved in constituting the object known.

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