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One attempt to explain Kant’s objection to the Ontological Argument claims that it boils down to this: non-existence is not a property, therefore existence is not. The objection is puzzling since it’s even more evident that a non-property is not a property, while a property is, and so the fact that non-X is a non-property can’t prove that an X isn’t.

Another problem is that when the adverb ‘non” is used apart from any context it’s what Aristotle called an infinite name, which is not a name at all since significance must be ranged under the principle of contradiction while infinite names can be said as much of beings and non-beings.

(This is probably the response Aristotle would have given to the raven paradox.)


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