Metaphysics

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byHenry Longueville Mansel

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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. 1860. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II. ONTOLOGY; OE, THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE KEALITIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS. IHE term Ontology, or the Philosophy of Being, has J- become, in the estimation of no inconsiderable class of critics, a mere synonym for barren and useless logomachy. And it must be confessed, that the manner in which this field of inquiry has been frequently cultivated has gone far to explain, if not to justify, the contempt into which it has fallen. The philosophy which attempts to deduce a science of realities from the most abstract and general conception of Existence must, from the necessity of the case, deal with words, and not with things. It has been already observed, in the preceding pages, that the human mind possesses no positive notion answering to the term existence or being in general; and it follows that there can be no law of the human reason which can indicate any necessary results involved in such a notion, and no fact of human experience which can give rise to a corresponding intuition. Every existence which we can perceive, is definite and particular, limited and related; and every existence of which we can think, is definite and particular, limited and related likewise. It must therefore needs be that a science which starts from the assumption of Being in the abstract (which is not a conception, but an equivocal term, capable of relation to many distinct conceptions), and attempts, by pure deduction and division, to reason down to the concrete existences which alone are objects of positive thought, must end by delivering, not differences of things, but distinctions of words. And this must be admitted to be the case with the speculations of Ontology in much of their ancient and mediseval, and in some stages also of their modern, development. The science was divorced from Psyc...

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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. 1860. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II. ONTOLOGY; OE, THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE KEALITIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS. IHE term Ontology, or the Philosophy of Being, has J- become, in ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217236103

ISBN - 13:9780217236102

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