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CHARACTERISTICS OF EXISTENCE 59 a relation. No one of these categorical aspects is absolutely in­ dispensable for constituting an object that can be known. But eliminate existence, and nothing whatever is left for consideration. 13 In the things of which one tence. You may reason to the consideration that a nature can itself it is not bound to either. It abstracts from both. But this is only a conclusion reached by the mind. There is no such thing as a nature in its absolute consideration. Nature taken absolutely abstracts from all being whatsoever.

But eliminate existence, and nothing whatever is left for consideration. 13 In the things of which one tence. You may reason to the consideration that a nature can itself it is not bound to either. It abstracts from both. But this is only a conclusion reached by the mind. There is no such thing as a nature in its absolute consideration. Nature taken absolutely abstracts from all being whatsoever. It can­ not be found in reality; it cannot be represented distinctively as such in the mind. In either case it would thereby receive existence, real existence in the outside world, cognitional ex­ istence in the mind.

N for every one of them. This shows that existence is the most is immediately aware no existence, of course, can be had with­ out a nature that it makes exist. But no one of these natures is indispensable. Some other nature could be substituted for it, and there would sb1l be an existent. In no case, however, would there be anything if the characteristic of existence were lacking. No other characteristic could . be substituted for ex­ istence and still leave an object which is capable of being considered in itself.

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