The Eclectic Review Volume 5-6

The Eclectic Review Volume 5-6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ... most untechnical of books, and that from nothing Christianit has suffered more prejudice than from the metaphysical jargon of t e theological schools, most persons will think that the maxim impugned by Mr. Coleridge is a reasonable and useful one. The vices of his own stvle are attributable, in great measure, to his fondness for verbal refinements and a technical nomenclature. a final idea, to which the actual form or mode of things is only an approximation. ' A Constitution is an idea arising out of the idea of a State; and because our whole history, from Alfred onward, demonstrates the con'tinued influence of such an idea, or ultimate aim, on the minds of our forefathers, in their characters and functions as public men, alike in what they resisted and in what they claimed; in the institutions and forms of polity which they established, and with regard to those against which they more or less successfully contended; and because the result has been a pr essive, though not always a direct or equable advance in the gradtiifir realization of the idea; and that it is actuall represented (although, as an idea, it cannot be adequately represented in a corresponding scheme of means really existing; we speak, and have a right to speak, of the Idea itself as actually existing, i. e. as a-principle, existing in the only way in which a principle can exist--iu the minds and consciences of the persons whose duties it prescribes, and whose rights it determines. In the same sense that the sciences of arithmetic and geometry, that Mind, that Life itself, have reality, the Constitution has real existence, and does not the less exist in reality because it both is, and exists as, an Idea.... As the fundamental idea, it is at the same time, more

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  • Paperback | 534 pages
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  • English
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