Essays on the Inellectual Powers of Man Volume 2

Essays on the Inellectual Powers of Man Volume 2

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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. 1786 edition. Excerpt: ...according to him, in the perception of the agreement or disagreement of our ideas; when we have clear ideas, and are able to compare them together, we may always fabricate first principles as often as we have occasion for them. Such differences we find among Philosophers about first principles. It is likewise a question of some moment, whether the differences among men about first principles can be brought to any issue? When, in disputes, one man maintains that to be a first principle, which another denies, commonly both parties appeal to common sense, and so the matter rests. Now, is there no way of discussing this appeal? Is there no mark or criterion, whereby first principles that are truly such, may be distinguished from those that assume the character without a just title? t shall humbly offer in the following propositions what appears to me to be agreeable to truth in these matters, always ready to change my opinion upon conviction. 1. Fir/1, I hold it to be certain, and evert demonstrable, That all knowledge got by reasoning must be built upon first principles. This is as certain as that every house must have a foundation. The power of reasoning, in this respect, resembles the mechanical powers or engines; it must have a fixed point to rest upon, otherwise it spends its force in the air, and produces no effect Vol. II, R Whett 6 H A P. When we examine, in the way of analysis, V. the evidence of any proposition, either we find-v it self-evident, or it rests upon one or more propositions that support it. The same thing may be said of the propositions that support it j and of those that support them, as far back as we can go. But we cannot go back in this track to infinity. "Where then must this analysis stop? It is evident that it must stop...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656946
  • 9781236656940