Critical, Historical and Miscellaneous Essays, Vol. 2 of 6 (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Critical, Historical and Miscellaneous Essays, Vol. 2 of 6
Nothing is more amusing or instructive than to ob serve the manner in which people who think themselves wiser than all the rest Of the world fall into snares which the simple good sense of their neighbours detects and avoids. It is one of the principal tenets of the Utilitarians that sentiment and eloquence serve only to impede the pursuit of truth. They therefore affect a quakerly plainness, or rather a cynical negligence and impurity, of style. The strongest arguments, when clothed in brilliant language, seem to them so much wordy nonsense. In the mean time they surren der their understandings, with a facility found in no other party, to the meanest and most abject sophisms, provided those sophisms come before them disguised with the externals of demonstration. They do not seem to know that logic has its illusions as well as rhet orie, that a fallacy may lurk in a syllogism as well as in a metaphor.
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