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First principles (1892)


First principles (1892)

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    Herbert Spencer
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER I. Philosophy Defined. § 35. After concluding that we cannot know the ultimate naturo of that which is manifested to us, there arise the questions—What is it that wo know ? In what sense do we know it ? And in what consists our highest knowledge of it ? Having repudiated as impossible the Philosophy' which professes to formulate Being as distinguished from Appearance, it becomes needful to say what Philosophy truly is—not simply to specify its limits, but to specify its character within those limits. Given a certain sphere as the sphere to which human intelligence is restricted, and there remains to define the peculiar product of human intelligence which may still be called Philosophy. In doing this, we may advantageously avail ourselves of the method followed at tho outset, of separating from conceptions that are partially or mainly erroneous, the clement of truth they contain. As in the chapter on " Religion and Science," it was inferred that religious beliefs, wrong as they might individually be in their particular forms, nevertheless probably each contained an essential verity, and that this was most likely common to them all: so in this place it Ls to be inferred that past and present beliefs respecting the nature of Philosophy, are none of them wholly false, and that that in which they are true is that in which they agree. We have here, then, to do what was done there—" to compare all opinions of the same genus : to set aside as more orless discrediting one another those various special and concrete elements in which such opinions disagree: to obserro what remains after the discordant constituents hare been eliminated: and to find for this remaining constituent that abstract expression which holds true throughout its divergent modifications." § 36. Earlier ...  
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