The North British Review Volume 33

The North British Review Volume 33

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...we should scorn to treat Miss Hennell in the style of a spurious politeness, and are not professing to be gentle because she is the " weaker vessel," we must use a liberty that is quite regardless of sex in speaking of her principles--her doctrine--her conclusions; for with these we must deal, according to law, rigorously, and in no other mood than that of inexorable reason. Inexorable reason! and let the import of this phrase be dul ' regarded by those, on both sides, who owe it to themselves well to consider it. What then does it mean in relation to the momentous controversy now in view? It does not mean interminable argumentation--the endless See-Saw of evenly balanced "Considerations," now up, now down: it does not mean the carrying on of a hopeless antagonism, marked on the one side by philosophic arrogance, on the other side by irritation and petulant anathemas. What we intend in this instance by invoking the aid of inexorable reason is this: --we ask for fixedness of purpose in holding fast to the matter in hand; and in doing so, a strict adherence to those logical canons which belong to the subject in its two main branches--namel_v, of Abstract Thought, or Metaphysical Speculation; and of Historical Criticism. Thus, for example, as to the first of these departments, the requirements of rigid argumentation should include a "reporting progress" on the part of those who so often afifirm that great progress has actually been made under their guidance. lllhere are those at this time who, if they do not call one another "the most Advanced Thinkcrs of the age," yet uietly accept the designation when it is bestowed upon them (lay their admiring disciples. Modern Thought as Old as...show more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 476g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930975
  • 9781236930972