Illustrations of Universal Progress: A Series of Discussions

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D. Appleton, 1889 - Philosophy - 454 pages
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Page 57 - is passing. When, again, he turns from the succession of phenomena, external or internal, to their essential nature, he is equally at fault. Though he may succeed in resolving all properties of objects into manifestations of force, he is not thereby enabled to realize what force is ; but finds, on the contrary, that
Page 14 - clearness in the evolution of all products of human thought and action, whether concrete or abstract, real or ideal. Let us take Language as our first illustration. The lowest form of language is the exclamation, by which an entire idea is vaguely conveyed through a single
Page 454 - OF BIOLOGY. 1. Growth. 2. Development. 3. Function. 4. Waste and Repair. 5. Adaptation. 6. Individuality. 1. Preliminary. 7. Genesis. 8. Heredity. 9. Variation. 10. Genesis, Heredity, and Variť tion. 11. Classification. 12. Distribution. PART III.—THE EVOLUTION OP LIFE. 2. General Aspects of the SpecialCreation Hypothesis. 3. General Aspects of the Evolution Hypothesis. 4. The Arguments from Classification.
Page 15 - a change from the homogeneous to the heterogeneous. And it may be remarked, in passing, that it is more especially in virtue of having carried this subdivision of function to a greater extent and completeness, that the English language is superior to all others. Another aspect under which we may trace the development of language is the
Page 29 - heterogeneous. Thus much premised, we pass at once to the statement of the law, which is this :—Every active force produces more than one change—every cause produces more than one effect. Before this law can be duly comprehended, a few examples must be looked at. When one body is struck against another, that which we usually regard as the
Page 237 - THE NEBULAR HYPOTHESIS. INQUIRING into the pedigree of an idea is not a bad means of roughly estimating its value. To have come of respectable ancestry, is prima facie evidence of worth in a belief as in a person ; while to be descended from a discreditable stock is, in the one case as in the
Page 273 - tions above pointed out. will be equal to three times that of the second ; " and " from this it results that the situations of any two of them being given, that of the third can be found." Now here, as before, no conceivable advantage results. Neither in this case can the connexion have been accidental : the probabil

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