The Fortnightly Volume 3; V. 9

The Fortnightly Volume 3; V. 9

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...On several occasions I have called attention to the lingering remnant of Scholasticism cherished in the arguments de (I) lie mentions the case of a sow who would not breed at all to her sire, but bred at once to a stranger in blood. Another sow, the product of close interbreeding for three generations, when paired with her own uncle (known to be productive with other sows), produced a litter of only six, and another litter of only five weak pigs; but paired with a boar of a small black breed (which produced seven swine with a sow of his own breed), she who had been so unproductive with her uncle, yielded twenty-one, and in a second litter eighteen pigs. fending the fixity of species. I11 the early days of speculation, when it was a first principle that what we know as General Terms had corresponding Objects existing in the external world as distinct realities, and not simply as relations, the belief in a filing Species was rational enough; when philosophers believed that over and above the number-less individual animals they saw around them, there existed an Animal which they did not see, but which was the norm and pattern for all individuals---when they held that over and above the good and bad actions committed by them and their fellows, there existed an Immutable Virtue and an indestructible Evil--when, in short, they held the theory of Ideas, they could have no grounds for suspecting the reality of Species. But it is otherwise in our day. Platonists are rare, and Scholastieism is a scoff. Nevertheless unconscious disciples argue about the fixity of Species as if Species were a thing that could be mutable or immutable. They would deny the charge, no doubt; they are not sutficiently clear on the point to see their real position. ' more

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  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236825411
  • 9781236825414