Novum Organum: Or, True Suggestions for the Interpretation of Nature

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G. Routledge, 1893 - 245 sider

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Side 143 - But things which are equal to the same are equal to one another || ; therefore CA is equal to CB ; wherefore CA,
Side 16 - ... infinity in time past and in time to come can by no means hold; for it would thence follow that one infinity is greater than another, and that infinity is wasting away and tending to become finite. The like subtlety arises touching the infinite divisibility of lines, from the same inability of thought to stop.
Side 10 - ... proceeds to judgment and to the discovery of middle axioms. And this way is now in fashion. The other derives axioms from the senses and particulars, rising by a gradual and unbroken ascent, so that it arrives at the most general...
Side 15 - The human understanding, from its peculiar nature, easily supposes a greater degree of order and equality in things than it really finds ; and although many things in nature be sui generis, and most irregular, will yet invent parallels and conjugates, and relatives where no such thing is.
Side 9 - MAN, as the minister and interpreter of nature, does and understands as much as his observations on the order of nature, either with regard to things or the mind, permit him, and neither knows nor is capable of more.
Side 10 - There is a great difference between the Idols of the human mind and the Ideas of the divine. That is to say, between certain empty dogmas, and the true signatures and marks set upon the works of creation as they are found in nature.
Side 44 - The opinion which men cherish of antiquity is altogether idle, and scarcely accords with the term. For the old age and increasing years of the world should in reality be considered as antiquity, and this is rather the character of our own times than of the less advanced age of the world in those of the ancients. For the latter, with respect to ourselves, are ancient and elder, with respect to the world modern and younger.
Side 13 - The idols of the tribe are inherent in human nature and the very tribe or race of man ; for man's sense is falsely asserted to be the standard of things; on the contrary, all the perceptions both of the senses and the mind bear reference to man and not to the Universe...
Side 13 - The formation of notions and axioms on the foundation of true induction is the only fitting remedy by which we can ward off and expel these idols. It is, however, of great service...
Side 145 - The passage from the miraeles of nature to those of art is easy; for if nature be once seized in her variations, and the cause be manifest, it will be easy to lead her by art to such deviation as she was at first led to by chance; and not only to that but others, since deviations on the one side lead and open the way to others in every direction.

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