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Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians$
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Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240433.001.0001

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Chapter 3

Chapter 3

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Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians

Wael B. Hallaq

Oxford University Press

The third point asserted in this chapter has to do with the doctrine that no judgement may be known except by means of syllogism, whose form and content has been stipulated. This is seen to be a negative proposition that is not self-evident. At the same time, there has not been any evidence to say that this is indeed proven, and in fact the logicians themselves admitted that they have made claims that they have not proven and argued without the benefit of knowledge. Establishing this negative proposition with certitude is believed to be impossible according to their own principles. In this regard, there has also been a lot of rejections by many religious innovators, speculative theologians, and philosophers of the prophetic reports which the traditionists retain.

Keywords:   judgement, syllogism, knowledge, principles, rejections, religious innovators, speculative theologians, philosophers, prophetic reports, traditionists

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