Certainties of the Soul and Speculations of Science

Certainties of the Soul and Speculations of Science

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...talents will remind us of the truths of mathematics, and tell us that the three angles of a triangle are undoubtedly equal to two right angles; yet, very likely from want of skill or practice in abstract reasoning, we cannot see the force of that proposition, and it may simply have no meaning for us. The proposition is a deduction from certain elementary truths, and the deduction is too long or too hard for us to follow; or, at any rate, we may have not followed it, or we may have forgotten it, and therefore we do not feel the force of the proposition." "Here it is, we suppose, that one's want of talent for abstract reasoning makes itself so lamentably felt."' "Probably this limited character of our doubting arose from our want of philosophy and philosophical principles, which is so notorious, and which is so often and so uncharitably cast in our teeth."2 "We are so notoriously deficient in talents for metaphysical speculation and abstruse reasoning, that our adversaries often taunt us with it, and have held us up to public ridicule as being without a system of philosophy based on principles interdependent, subordinate, and coherent." 3 Matthew Arnold admits that all metaphysics are to him "the science of non-naturals." 4 But by metaphysics we understand here, as people 1 "God and the Bible." = " Ibid." 3 " Literature and Dogma." -" God and the Bible." do elsewhere, the science of self-evident truth, a systematic statement of axioms, with inferences that all men must draw from them, if they are only true to the self-evident propositions which all admit. Metaphysics may, indeed, be so treated as to be obscure; but metaphysics, rightly treated, is the luminous...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123659181X
  • 9781236591814