An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy and of the Principal Philosophical Questions Discussed in His Writings

Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1865 - 560 páginas

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Página 39 - As the conditionally limited (which we may briefly call the conditioned) is thus the only possible object 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 475 - If a body moves, it must move either in the place where it is, or in the place where it is not : but either of these is impossible : therefore it cannot move.
Página 60 - America, but know that we are alive, that two and two make four, and that the sum of any two sides of a triangle is greater than the third side.
Página 292 - Now, can we construe it to thought, that the moment after the universe flashed into material reality, into manifested being, there was a larger complement of existence in the universe and its Author together, than, the moment before, there subsisted in the Deity alone ? This we are unable to imagine.
Página 406 - Thought," of which all other laws that can be laid down for thought are but particular applications, are, according to our author, three in number: the Law of Identity; the Law of Contradiction; and the Law of Excluded Middle. In his Lectures he recognised a fourth, " the Law of Reason and Consequent," which seems to be compounded of the Law of Causation, and the Leibnitzian " Principle of Sufficient Reason.
Página 312 - Again, the mind having observed that in the particular extensions perceived by sense there is something common and alike in all, and some other things peculiar, as this or that figure or magnitude, which distinguish them one from another; it considers apart or singles out by itself that which is common, making thereof a most abstract idea of extension, which is neither line, surface, nor solid, nor has any figure or magnitude, but is an idea entirely prescinded from all these.
Página 324 - A country may be overrun by an armed host, but it is only conquered by the establishment of fortresses. "Words are the fortresses of thought. They enable us to realize our dominion over what we have already overrun in thought — to make every intellectual conquest the basis of operations for others still beyond.
Página 91 - By the Infinite is meant that which is free from all possible limitation ; that than which a greater is inconceivable ; and which consequently can receive no additional attribute or mode of existence which it had not from all eternity.
Página 58 - That the sphere of our belief is much more extensive than the sphere of our knowledge ; and, therefore, when I deny that the Infinite can by us be known, I am far from denying that by us it is, must, and ought to be believed.
Página 39 - 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...

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