The Nation Volume 75

The Nation Volume 75

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...prodigious repute, As Mr. Millar says: "Progress for him meant neither anarchy nor a return to the backwoods.... So we part from Voltaire, his wise maxim, so well suited to an age of intellectual doubt and distraction, ringing in our ears, 'I1 faut cultiver notre jardin.' " In perusing the chapter upon "The Encyclopaedia and the Reaction," some readers will surely be tempted to pause at one point and make play in behalf of a great and much maligned English writer. Mr. Millar remarks, with a fine air of casualness: "If Lord Macaulay's account of the Baconian philosophy happened to be correct, Diderot must be allowed to have caught the spirit as well as the form of his model with great success." Macauiay's famous characterization of Baconianism in opposition to Platonism may indeed be a little over emphatic, but we believe that its substance is strictly true. The core of the passage was in these sentences: "The aim of the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god; the aim of the Baconian philosophy was to provide man with what he requires while he continues to be man. The former aim was noble, but the latter was attainable." It is often in the conception of his near followers that the true and efficient "spirit" of a man's philosophy is most apparent. In the minds of the fervent Baconians of the seventeenth century, who founded the Royal Society in the endeavor to realize their master's Atlantian dream of "Solomon's House," tangible, sublunary service was the aim and ideal, precisely as it was the informing spirit of Diderot's labors. We may pass the remainder of this chapter, with its deep British antipathy to Rousseau, without remark, and more

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  • Paperback | 780 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 39mm | 1,365g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236778979
  • 9781236778970