Metaphysical Inquiry Into Method, Objects, and Result of Ancient and Modern Philosophy

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W. Pickering, 1833 - 222 من الصفحات
 

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الصفحة 140 - It is inconceivable that inanimate brute matter should, without the mediation of something else, which is not material, operate upon, and affect other matter without mutual contact, as it must be, if Gravitation in the sense of Epicurus, be essential and inherent in it.
الصفحة 139 - You sometimes speak of gravity as essential and inherent to matter. Pray do not ascribe that notion to me, for the cause of gravity is what I do not pretend to know, and therefore would take more time to consider of it.
الصفحة 187 - But further, it is an assured truth, and a conclusion of experience, that a little or superficial knowledge of philosophy may incline the mind of man to atheism, but a further proceeding therein doth bring the mind back again to religion. For in the entrance of philosophy, when the second causes, which are next unto the senses, do offer themselves to the mind of man, if it dwell .and stay there it may induce some oblivion of the highest cause ; but when a man passeth on...
الصفحة 140 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of...
الصفحة 25 - X is a triangle we know that the sum of its angles is equal to two right angles. Similarly too in all other cases.
الصفحة 184 - For certain it is that God worketh nothing in nature but by second causes; and if they would have it otherwise believed, it is mere imposture, as it were in favour towards God; and nothing else but to offer to the author of truth the unclean sacrifice of a lie.
الصفحة 46 - We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that the stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages.
الصفحة 84 - The laws of nature are the rules according to which the effects are produced; but there must be a cause which operates according to these rules. The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.
الصفحة 62 - The form of bodies is the relation of their elements to each other in space, — the power of bodies is their relation to each other in time ; and both form and power, if considered separately from the number of elementary corpuscles, and from the changes that arise successively, are equally abstractions of the mind, and nothing more.
الصفحة 23 - We have said that all arguments concerning existence are founded on the relation of cause and effect; that our knowledge of that relation is derived entirely from experience; and that all our experimental conclusions proceed upon the supposition that the future will be conformable to the past.

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