Biography of Elisha Kent Kane

Biography of Elisha Kent Kane

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... the process often unconsciously conceals vicious speculations. And he was as cautious with induction; for he was well aware that it is much given to putting distance over-boldly between the truths which it connects, and is often unsafe both in data and demonstration. Nor did he jumble induction and analogy after the manner of the current philosophizing in which there is so little philosophy. "Then, in the name of all that is rational, how did he think?" Take this for a reply, and in it or by it find the answer: --He believed all that he knew, and he trusted his whole weight upon the legitimate inferences as far as they would carry him, but still holding deductions for mere hypotheses until he had proved them by their trial upon the facts, all the while proceeding as resolutely as the simplest credulity could do; and so, his characteristic audacity of belief was never misguided by inferences mistaken for certainties. His faith in medicine was decidedly thin, but not Umber. He says of it, "I am, I fear, heterodox almost to infidelity as to the direct action of remedies, and rarely allow myself to claim a sequence as a result." For routine-practice and the highest professional success he perhaps had not a just appreciation. He preferred the achievements of an explorer, mixed with adventure, to the reputation of Hunter or Harvey. His skepticism in drug-practice had a basis in his own make, which put life, in his idea, out of and above the reach of chemicals. This feeling, which was to him a fountain of opinion as well as a spring of action, shows itself just in the right place. When the Advance party were reduced to ten men, and four of them were on their backs, the thermometer at 30 below zero, and prospects even lower, he says, speaking of Morton...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681479
  • 9781236681478