By E. M. Cioran
During this number of essays and epigrams, E.M. Cioran supplies us photographs and evaluations—which he calls "admirations"—of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the poet Paul Valery, and Mircea Eliade, between others. In alternating sections of aphorisms—his "anathemas"—he offers insights on such issues as solitude, flattery, self-importance, friendship, insomnia, tune, mortality, God, and the trap of disillusion.
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Premisses of this sort are positive, not privative, for 'being possible' has the same position as 'being' , as was said before. 18 TRANSLATION After these explanati ons, let u s add that 'being possible' is said in two ways: in one way of what happens for the most part, when the necessity has gaps, such as that a man turns gray or grows or ag es, or generally what belongs by natu� e. For this has no c�ntinuous necessity because a man does not exist forever, but whlie a man exists, it happens either of necessity or for the most part.
So there could not be a syllogism for the possible, for what is necessary was not possible. It is evident that when the terms are universal in possibility premisses, a syllogism always comes about in the first figure, whether the terms are positive or privative, except that it is perfect when the premisses are positive, imperfect when they are negative. How ever, one must take the possible not to include what is necessary, but according to the definition stated above; this is sometimes overlooked.
Now if the privative premiss is converted, B will belong to no A; but A possibly belonged to every C, so a syllogism comes about to the effect that B possibly belongs to no C, in the first figure. Similarly also if the privative premiss is the one with C . When both premisses are privative and one o f them signifies not belonging, the other possibly not belonging, nothing necessary results through the assumptions themselves, but when the premiss in the sense of the possible is converted, a syllogism comes about to the effect that B possibly belongs to no C, as in the previous cases, for again there will be the first figure.