By A. C. Graham
"A heritage of chinese language philosophy within the so-called Axial interval (the interval of classical Greek and Indian philosophy), in which time China advanced the attribute methods of notion that sustained either its empire and its tradition for over 2000 years. it truly is entire, lucid, virtually uncomplicated in its presentation, but subsidized up with incomparable authority amid a well-honed discretion that unerringly choices out the middle of any subject. Garlanded with tributes even sooner than booklet, it has redrawn the map of its topic and may be the only crucial advisor for any destiny exploration. For a person attracted to the affinities among historic chinese language and smooth Western philosophy, there is not any greater introduction"
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A. C. Graham (1919–1991) is taken into account by means of many to were the top international authority on chinese language idea, grammar, and textual feedback and the best translator of chinese language considering the fact that Waley. He taught on the tuition of Oriental and African reviews, London college (where he was once Professor of Classical chinese language until eventually 1988) Yale, Ann Arbor, Tsing Hua, Brown, and Honolulu. He was once a Fellow of the British Academy. His various works contain Two chinese language Philosophers (1958), Poems of the past due T'ang (1965), Chuang-tzu: the Seven internal Chapters (1981), and Studies in chinese language Philosophical Literature (1986).
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For when the universal affirmation which says ‘every man is just’ is true, the particular affirmation which proposes ‘some man is just’ is also true. But the privative particular negation which proposes ‘not every man is unjust’ agrees with the proposition which proposes ‘some man is just’. Therefore the privative particular negation will also agree with the simple universal affirmation. Therefore that privative particular negation ‘not every man is unjust’ follows that simple universal affirmation ‘every man is just’.
So here there are two predicates and one subject. And perhaps someone might ask why he expressed it in this way: but when ‘is’ is predicated as a joined third thing. For it is not predicated as a third thing, but as a second; for there are two things that are predicated and one subject. But it was not meant as though ‘is’ in the proposition ‘man is just’ is a third predicate, but that it is joined as a third thing and is predicated. Therefore ‘third thing’ refers to ‘joined’. Even though in the proposition ‘man is just’ ‘is’ is joined as a third thing, it is not predicated as a third thing, but as a second.
Those who have said that the propositions arising from those in which ‘is’ is predicated as joined are more numerous than from those consisting of two terms, have clearly not understood the way in which a larger number of propositions always reduces to a more restricted and smaller number when combined. And so when he says that in propositions in which ‘is’ is predicated as a joined third thing, ‘third thing’ does not refer to predication but rather to order, as he himself says I mean, for example, ‘man is just’; I mean that ‘is’ is joined as a third thing, name or verb, in the affirmation.