Remarks on the use and abuse of some political terms by George Cornewall LewisRemarks on the use and abuse of some political terms by George Cornewall Lewis

Remarks on the use and abuse of some political terms

byGeorge Cornewall Lewis

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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. 1832. Excerpt: ... XIII. RICH.--MIDDLE CLASS.--POOR. There are two different ways in which classes of things can be opposed to each other: viz. as contraries, and as extremes. They are opposed as contraries, when a class is logically divided in such a manner that every individual of it, not contained in the one member of the division, is contained in the other; when the two species are together equivalent to the whole genus to which they belong. Thus true is contrary to false, straight is contrary to crooked, odd is contrary to even, knowledge is contrary to ignorance; because all propositions which are not true must be false, all lines which are not straight must be crooked, all numbers which are not odd must be even, and a person must be ignorant of all things about which he has no knowledge. On the other hand, things are opposed as extremes, when they do not together make up, or exhaust, the class or genus to which they belong, but there is between them a middle state, from which they are not precisely divided, and into which they insensibly graduate at both its extremities. Instances of this class of opposites are old and young, tall and short, belief and disbelief, love and hatred, hot and cold, light and dark, &c. For it does not follow that because a man is not old, he is therefore young; because he is not tall, he is therefore short; because the mind does not believe, it therefore disbelieves; because it does not love, it therefore hates; because an object is not hot, it is therefore cold; because it is not light, it is therefore dark. Between these several extremes there is an intermediate state, which is respectively called middle-aged, middle-sized, doubt, indifference, tepid or lukewarm, dusk or glimmering, &c. Such extremes are not the negative of each other, n...
Title:Remarks on the use and abuse of some political termsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217269370

ISBN - 13:9780217269377