An Essay On The Nature And Immuntability Of Truth; In Opposition To Sophistry And Scepticism

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byJames Beattie

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1807. Excerpt: ... plan of investigation has been adopted. This will best appear by instances taken from that pretended philosophy. But first let us offer a few general remarks. SECTION I. General Observations. Rise and Progress of Modern Scepticism. 1. IHSHHE Cartesian philosophy is to be considered.&. as the ground-work of.modern scepticism. The source of Locke's reasoning against the separate existence of the secondary qualities of matter, of BerKeley's reasoning against the existence of a material world, and of Hume's reasoning against the existence both of soul and body, may be found in the first part of the Principia of Des Cartes. Yet nothing seems to have been further from the intention of this worthy and most ingenious philosopher, than to give countenance to error, irreligion, or licentiousness. He begins with doubting; but it is with a view to arrive at conviction: his successors (some of them at lea-it) the further they advance in their systems, become more and more sceptical; and at length the reader is told, to his infinite pleasure and emolument, that the understanding, acting alone, does intirely subvert itself, and leaves not the lowest degree of evidence in any proposition whatsoever. The first thing a philosopher ought to do, according to Des Cartes, is to divest himself of all prejudices, and all his former opinions; to reject the evidence of sense, of intuition, and of mathematical demonstration; to suppose that there is no God, nor See Treatise of Human Nature, vol. 1. p. 464. heaven, nor earth; and that man has neither hands, nor feet, nor body;--in a word, he is to doubt of every thing of which it is possible to doubt, and to be persuaded, that every thing is false which can possibly be conceived to be doubtful. Now there is only one point of which ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1807. Excerpt: ... plan of investigation has been adopted. This will best appear by instances taken from that pretended philosophy. But first let...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:106 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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