Gomer; Or, A Brief Analysis of the Language and Knowledge of the Ancient Cymry

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Página 38 - We admit that the consequence of this doctrine is — that philosophy, if viewed as more than a science of the conditioned, is impossible. Departing from the particular, we admit, that we can never, in our highest generalizations, rise above the finite ; that our knowledge, whether of mind or matter, can be nothing more than a knowledge of the relative manifestations of an existence, which in itself it is our highest wisdom to recognize as beyond the reach of philosophy — in the language of St....
Página 37 - As the conditionally limited, which we may briefly call the conditioned, is thus the only possible object 36 of knowledge and of positive thought ; thought necessarily supposes conditions. To think is to condition, and conditional limitation is the fundamental law of the possibility of thought.
Página 37 - Thought cannot transcend consciousness; consciousness is only possible under the antithesis of a subject and object of thought, known only in correlation, and mutually limiting each other; while, independently of this, all that we know either of subject or object, either of mind or matter, is only a knowledge in each of the particular, of the plural, of the different, of the modified, of the phenomenal.
Página 186 - And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass.
Página 37 - How, indeed, it could ever be doubted that thought is only of the Conditioned, may well be deemed a matter of the profoundest admiration. Thought cannot transcend consciousness ; consciousness is only possible under the antithesis of a subject and object of thought, known only in correlation, and mutually limiting each other ; while, independently of this, all that we know either of subject or object, either...
Página 36 - ... negative of the conceivable itself. For example, on the one hand we can positively conceive neither an absolute whole, that is, a whole so great that we cannot also conceive it as a relative part of a still greater whole, nor an absolute part ; that is, a part so small that we cannot also conceive it as a relative whole, divisible into smaller parts.
Página 30 - What appears to all, that we affirm to be ; and he who rejects this belief, will, assuredly, advance nothing better worthy of credit.
Página 31 - THAT OUR ORIGINAL BELIEFS BE NOT PROVED SELF-CONTRADICTORY. The harmony of our primary convictions being supposed, and not redargued, the argument from common sense is decisive against every deductive inference not in unison with them. For as every conclusion is involved in its premises, and as these again must ultimately be resolved into some original belief; the conclusion, if inconsistent with the primary phenomena of consciousness, must, ex hypothesi, be inconsistent with its premises, ie be...
Página 33 - I am conscious of knowing each of them, not mediately, in something else, as represented, but immediately in itself, as existing. Of their mutual independence I . am no less convinced ; because each is apprehended equally, and at once, in the same indivisible energy, the one not preceding or determining, the other not following or determined ; and because each is apprehended out of, and in direct contrast to the other.
Página 37 - For as the greyhound cannot outstrip his shadow, nor (by a more appropriate simile) the eagle outsoar the atmosphere in which he floats, and by which alone he may be supported ; so the mind cannot transcend that sphere of limitation, within and through which exclusively the possibility of thought is realized. Thought is only of the conditioned ; because, as we have said, to think is simply to condition. The absolute is conceived merely by a negation of conceivability ; and all we know is only known...

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