Sketches of the History of Man, Band 3


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Seite 424 - Bacon in a very ample manner before the world had feen any tolerable example of it. This, although it adds greatly to the merit of the author, muft have produced fome obfcurity in the work, and a defect of proper examples for illuftration.
Seite 288 - And this principally raises my esteem of these fables, which I receive not as the product of the age, or invention of the poets, but as sacred relics, gentle whispers, and the breath of better times, that from the traditions of more ancient nations came, at length, into the flutes and trumpets of the Greeks.
Seite 385 - I apprehend that, in this short view, every conclusion that falls within the compass of the three figures, as well as the mean of proof, is comprehended. The rules of all the figures might be...
Seite 402 - They have therefore reduced the doctrine of the topics to certain axioms or canons, and difpofed thefe axioms in order under certain heads. This method feems to be more commodious and elegant than that of Ariftotle. Yet it muft be acknowledged, that...
Seite 404 - When an ambiguous word is taken at one time in one fenfe, and at another time in another. 2. When an ambiguous phrafe is taken in the fame manner. 3. and 4. are ambiguities in fyntax ; when words are conjoined in fyntax that ought to be disjoined ; or disjoined when they ought to be conjoined. 5. is an ambiguity in profody, accent, or pronunciation. - 6. An ambiguity arifing from fome figure of fpeech.
Seite 414 - ... the fophiftical reafoning of his antagonift. Our reafoning power makes no appearance in infancy ; but as we grow up, it unfolds itfelf by degrees, like the bud of a tree. When a child firft draws an inference, or perceives the force of an inference drawn by another, we may call this the birth of his reafon : but it is yet like a new-born babe, weak and tender; it muft be cheriftied, carried in arms, and have food of eafy digeftion, till it gather ftrength.
Seite 389 - De modalibus non gujlabit afinus, he thinks it very dubious, whether they tortured moft the modal fyllogifms, or were moft tortured by them. But thofe crabbed geniufes, fays he, made this doctrine fo very thorny, that it is fitter to tear a man's wits in pieces than to give them folidity. He defires it to be obferved, that the doctrine of the modals is adapted to the Greek language. The modal terms were frequently...
Seite 416 - His apprehenfion is unfteady : his judgement is feeble ; and refts partly upon the evidence of the thing, and partly upon the authority of his teacher. But every time he goes over...
Seite 343 - Locke, that nominal essences only, which are the creatures of our own minds, are perfectly comprehended by us, or can be properly defined ; and even of these there are many too simple in their nature to admit of definition. When we cannot give precision to our notions by a definition, we must endeavour to do it by attentive reflection upon them, by observing minutely their agreements and differences, and especially by a right understanding of the...
Seite 335 - Until fome more effectual remedy be found for the imperfection of divifions, I beg leave to propofe one more fimple than that of Ramus. It is this : When you meet with a divifion of any fubject imperfectly comprehended, add to the laft member an et catera.

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