The Philosophy Of The Infinite; With Special Reference To The Theories Of Sir William Hamilton And…

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byHenry Calderwood

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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. 1854. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE KNOWLEDGE OP THE INFINITE BEING AS FIRST CAUSE. We pass now from the mere subjective conditions of thought, which place all our conceptions in relation with the infinite; and we come to consider what is our knowledge of the one Infinite Being--what is our knowledge of the only Being who is infinite in all his attributes. As we have already repeatedly remarked, we find, and must find, all our knowledge of this Infinite Being in relation. It is only as this Infinite Being exists in relation that he can be known; and it is only by recognising him in a particular relation, or in various relations, that we can obtain any knowledge of him. It is especially at this point of the discussion, that we feel constrained to lift our decided protest against Sir William Hamilton's definition of the infinite as unconditioned--as that which does exist, and can exist, only as free from all relation. Sir William defines the infinite as the unconditionally unlimited; that is, he defines the Infinite as the unlimited, apart from all conditions, and consequently as free from all relations, since according to him to be related is to be conditioned. According, therefore, to this definition, it must be maintained that, before the act of creation, God was infinite; by the act of creation, he ceased to be infinite, that is, he became finite. We do not by any means intend to assert that Sir William believes that God, as now existing, is not an infinite God; but we say that Sir William must either give up this definition of the infinite, or he must cease to believe in the existence of an infinite God. We have no difficulty in making our choice, nor will men in general find any; and we can account for Sir William's maintaining this definition only by believing that he ...

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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. 1854. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE KNOWLEDGE OP THE INFINITE BEING AS FIRST CAUSE. We pass now from the mere subjective conditions of thought, w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217761135

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