Elements Of The Philosophy Of The Human Mind; In Two Parts

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byDugald Stewart

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... these differ, in some essential points, from the conclusions of former writers, I found myself under the necessity of abandoning, in various instances, their phraseology;--but my reasons for the particular changes which I have made, cannot possibly be judged of, or even understood, till the inquiries by which I was led to adopt them be carefully examined. I begin with a review of some of those primary truths, a conviction of which is necessarily implied hi all our thoughts and in all our actions; and which seem, on that account, rather to form constituent and essential elements of reason, than objects with -which reason is conversant. The import of this last remark will appear more clearly afterwards. The primary truths to which I mean to confine my attention at present are, 1. Mathematical axioms: 2. Truths (or more properly speaking, laws of belief,) inseparably connected with the exercise of consciousness, perception, memory, and reasoning.--Of some additional laws of belief, the truth of which is tacitly recognized in all our reasonings concerning contingent events, I shall have occar sion to take notice under a different article. SECTION I. Of Mathematical Axioms. I HAVE placed this class of truths at the head of the enumeration, merely because they seem likely, from the place which they hold in the elements of geometry, to present to my readers a more interesting and at the same time an easier subject of discussion, than some of the more abstract and latent elements of our knowledge, afterwards to be considered. In other respects, a different arrangement might perhaps have possessed some advantages, in point of strict logical method. 1. On the evidence of mathematical axioms it is unnecessary to enlarge, as the controversies to which they have given occasi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... these differ, in some essential points, from the conclusions of former writers, I found myself under the necessity of abandoning, in ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:338 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.7 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021771059X

ISBN - 13:9780217710596

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