Philosophy of Sir William Hamilton, Bart: Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in Edinburgh University

D. Appleton, 1866 - 530 páginas

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Página 457 - And by a wonderful revelation, we are thus, in the very consciousness of our inability to conceive aught above the relative and finite, inspired with a belief in the existence of something unconditioned beyond the sphere of all comprehensible reality.
Página 320 - ... to others it is large or small, that it is in this or that place, in this or that time, that it is in motion or remains at rest, that it touches or does not touch another body, that it is single, few, or many...
Página 456 - 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 of mind or matter, is only a knowledge in each of the particular, of the plural, of the different,...
Página 117 - He would be thought void of common sense who asked on the one side, or on the other side went to give a reason WHY "it is impossible for the same thing to be and not to be.
Página 233 - But these lead you to believe that the very perception or sensible image is the external object. Do you disclaim this principle, in order to embrace a more rational opinion, that the perceptions are only representations of something external? You here depart from your natural propensities and more obvious sentiments; and yet are not able to satisfy your reason, which can never find any convincing argument from experience to prove, that the perceptions are connected with any external objects.
Página 455 - ... an infinite whole, for this could only be done by the infinite synthesis in thought of finite wholes, which would itself require an infinite time for its accomplishment ; nor, for the same reason, can we follow out in thought an infinite divisibility of parts. The result is the same, whether we apply the process to limitation in space, in time, or in degree. The unconditional negation, and the unconditional aflirmation of limitation ; in other words, the infinite and absolute, properly so called,...
Página 456 - To think is to condition ; and conditional limitation is the fundamental law of the possibility of thought. 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.
Página 115 - Et il est aussi inutile et aussi ridicule que la raison demande au cœur des preuves de ses premiers principes pour vouloir y consentir, qu'il serait ridicule que le cœur demandât à la raison un sentiment de toutes les propositions qu'elle démontre pour vouloir les recevoir.
Página 457 - On this opinion, therefore, our faculties are shown to be weak, but not deceitful. The mind is not represented as conceiving two propositions subversive of each other, as equally possible ; but only, as unable to understand as possible, either of two extremes ; one of which, however, on the ground of their mutual repugnance, it is compelled to recognise as true.
Página 115 - Et c'est sur ces connaissances du cœur et de l'instinct qu'il faut que la raison s'appuie, et qu'elle y fonde tout son discours. (Le cœur sent qu'il ya trois dimensions dans l'espace et que les nombres sont infinis et la raison démontre ensuite qu'il n'ya point deux nombres carrés dont l'un soit double de l'autre. Les principes se sentent, les propositions se concluent et le tout avec certitude, quoique par différentes voies...

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