An Introduction to the Philosophy of Primary Beliefs

Paperback | May 18, 2012

byRichard Lowndes

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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. 1865 Excerpt: ...that, as regards matter, this belief may possibly be illusory, because "we have no immediate consciousness" of material substance; yet that, as regards mind, this belief cannot be illusory, although we have no immediate consciousness of the substance of the mind--for this last concession is certainly contained, though under a different form of words, in the sentences quoted from p. 180 of his book. 144 CHAPTER V. SPACE AND TIME. What is Space? It is the misfortune of philosophy, that its problems are matters which appear to the mass of mankind excessively simple. Philosophers expend immense labour and ingenuity in giving an account of that which other men are continually taking as a matter of course; and, what is worse, the philosophers appear to account for it very unsatisfactorily. Every one, for example, believes that he has a very clear opinion as to what space is, and that the matter is too plain to admit of doubt. The first person I meet in the street, if I put the question to him, would probably tell me: Space is that which all material substances, which the earth and the whole universe of solar systems, occupy without filling. Can we conceive the possibility of a world's existing without space--nay, of Nothing's existing without space: in other words, can we conceive space as possibly annihilated? Certainly not, he would answer. Can we set limits to space--can we conceive or think that space has boundaries anywhere? The supposition, he would unhesitatingly reply, is absurd. There are questions, however, if I were to pursue the enquiry, to which my friend in the street would not be so prompt in his answers. For example: Is space a quality of the mind, or a property of the objects which are appre bended by the senses, or a thing external to ...

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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. 1865 Excerpt: ...that, as regards matter, this belief may possibly be illusory, because "we have no immediate consciousness" of material substanc...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:May 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217812171

ISBN - 13:9780217812177

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