Scepsis Scientifica: Or, Confest Ignorance, the Way to Science ; in an Essay of the Vanity of Dogmatizing and Confident Opinion

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Kegan Paul, Trench & Company, 1885 - Knowledge, Theory of - 218 pages

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Page xxxiv - Having commenc'd, be a divine in show, Yet level at the end of every art, And live and die in Aristotle's works. Sweet analytics, 'tis thou hast ravish'd me.
Page 73 - To them that come after us, it may be as ordinary to buy a pair of wings to fly into remotest regions; as now a pair of boots to ride a journey. And to confer at the distance of the Indies by sympathetic conveyances, may be as usual to future times, as to us in a literary correspondence.
Page 77 - All knowledge of Causes is deductive; for we know none by simple intuition, but through the mediation of their effects. So that we cannot conclude anything to be the cause of another, but from its continual accompanying it ; for the causality itself is insensible. But now to argue from a concomitancy to a causality is not infallibly conclusive ; yea, in this way lies notorious delusion
Page viii - ... and was very instrumental to enlarge others. He had too great a soul for the trifles of that age, and saw early the nakedness of phrases and fancies. He out-grew the pretended orthodoxy of those days, and addicted himself to the primitive learning and theology, in which he even then became a great master.
Page 72 - I doubt not but posterity will find many things that are now but rumors verified into practical realities. It may be some ages hence a voyage to the southern unknown tracts, yea possibly the moon, will not be more strange than one to America.
Page 53 - Twas this vain Idolizing of Authors, which gave birth to that silly vanity of impertinent citations ; and inducing Authority in things neither requiring, nor deserving it.
Page 52 - Themistocles did Athens. So that to give the sum of all, most of the contests of the litigious world pretending for Truth, are but the bandyings of one mans affections against anothers : in which, though their reasons may be foil'd, yet their Passions lose no ground, but rather improve by the Antiperistasis of an opposition.
Page 81 - Magnale, hath considerable authorities to avouch it. The manner of it is thus represented. Let the friends that would communicate, take each a Dyal : and having appointed a time for their Sympathetic!: conference, let one move his impregnate Needle to any letter in the Alphabet, and its affected fellow will precisely respect the same.
Page 81 - I know what my friend would acquaint me with, 'tis but observing the letters that are pointed at by my Needle, and in their order transcribing them from their sympathized index as its motion directs : and I may be assured that my friend described the same with his, and that the words on my paper are of his inditing. Now, though there will be some ill contrivance in a circumstance of this invention, in that the thus impregnate needles will not move to, but avert from each other (as ingenious Dr. Browne...
Page xvi - Philosophers, but to seek Truth in the Great Book of Nature; and in that search to proceed with wariness and circumspection without too much forwardness in establishing Maxims, and positive Doctrines: To propose their Opinions as Hypotheseis, that may probably be the true accounts, without peremptorily affirming that they are.

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