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Towards nothing: Plotinus, Avicenna, Ghent, Scotus and Ockham

This chapter examines some aspects of the work of Plotinus, Avicenna, Henry of Ghent, Duns Scotus and William of Ockham. My intention is to draw out the operation of the logic of nihilism. I do not for a moment argue that the thinkers discussed here are truly ‘nihilists’. All that is being endeavoured here is to argue that there is an element in each of their work that does attempt to have nothing be as something.