Lectures on Greek Philosophy. New Ed., 1888

Lectures on Greek Philosophy. New Ed., 1888

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...it becomes irrelevant, and indeed misleading: it turns the footsteps of inquirers off into a wrong path. For the proper question is not, What is the strength or the weakness, the extent or the limitations, of man's capacities? That is a subordinate question. The true question is, What is the nature of these capacities? what is thought itself? Tell us afterwards what you please about its weakness or its limitations; but tell us first of all what it is in itself. When we say, then, that yvoet emu-rev is the first injunction of philosophy, we are not to understand this precept as having any reference to the quantity, that is, to the strength or the weakness, the power or the impotence, of our capacities, but only to their quality, that is, to their nature and essence. This is by far the more profound and important of the two inquiries, although the maxim which inculcates it has been usually assumed by moral declaimers as a text from which they might expatiate on the other theme--the weakness, namely, and the fallibility of man. 8. We have, then, studiously to examine ourselves, with the view of ascertaining what thought is, and how it is distinguished from sensation. It is a common saying, both in ordinary discourse and in metaphysical disquisition, that thought is free and active, that sensation is necessitated and passive; in other words, that our mental freedom and activity consist in thought, while our mental receptivity or passivity consist in sensation. The mind is free and active when it thinks: it is compelled and passive when it feels. This statement is perfectly correct and true, but it does not carry us far. These words " free and active " throw no light whatever on the nature of thought, until after we...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818237
  • 9781236818232