Excerpt from The Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review, Vol. 30: For the Year 1858
On the contrary, that distinguishing feature undoubtedly is, its attempted application of the inductive method to the pheno mena of human intelligence, as displayed in history, with the view of discovering a law by means of which the natural pro cess of science shall be ascertained and regulated. In other words, it aspires to be a philosophy of science based upon the history of science. It would apply the accumulated experience of the race to the great problem of determining what are the true limits, the method, and the goal of human knowledge. With this design, it enters upon a survey of the course of man's Speculative or intellectual convictions throughout all time, the result of which is the announcement of a grand law of scientific development, which all the most advanced sciences are declared to have observed in their progress toward exact, real know ledge, and which all the remainder must therefore, sooner or later, illustrate.
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