Critical, Historical, and Miscellaneous Essays: Vols. V. and VI (Classic Reprint)
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Indeed, the argument which we are considering seems to us to be founded on an entire mistake. There are branches of knowledge with respect to which the law of the human mind is progress. In mathematics, when once a proposition has been demonstrated, it is never afterwards contested. Every fresh story is as solid a basis for a new superstructure as the original foundation was. Here, therefore, there is a constant addition to the stock of truth In the inductive sciences again, the law is pro gress. Every day furnishes new facts, and thus brings theory nearer and nearer to perfection. There is no chance that, either in the purely demonstrative or in the purely experimental sciences, the world will ever go back or even remain stationary. Nobody ever heard of a reac tion against Taylor's theorem, or of a reaction against Harvey's doctrine of the circulation of the blood.
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