An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy; And of the Principal Philosophical Questions Discussed in His Writings Volume 1
by John Stuart Mill (9781230257204)

An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy; And of the Principal Philosophical Questions Discussed in His Writings Volume 1
 
John Stuart Mill
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 92
Category: History
Publisher: Theclassics.Us
ISBN: 9781230257204
ISBN-10: 1230257209



This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...extraordinary limitation of it. After representing the veracity of the Creator as staked on the truth of the testimony of Consciousness, he is content to claim this argument as not amounting to proof, but only to a prima facie presumption. " Such a supposition " as that of a perfidious creator, "if gratuitous, is manifestly illegitimate." " The data of our original consciousness must, it is evident, in the first instance" (the italies are the author's), " be presumed true. It is only if proved false," which can only be by showing them to be inconsistent with one another, " that their authority can, in consequence of thnt proof, be, in the second instance, disallowed." " Ncganti incumbit probatio. Nature is not gratuitously to be assumed to work, not only in vain, but in counteraction of herself; our faculty of knowledge is not, without a ground, to be supposed an instrument of illusion." It is making a very humble claim for the veracity of the Creator, that it should be held valid merely as a presumption, in the absence of contrary evidence; that the Divine Being, like a prisoner at the bar, should be presumed innocent until proved guilty. Far, however, from intending this remark in any invidious sense against Sir Dissertations on Rcid, pp. 743-745., W. Hamilton, I regard it as one of his titles to honor, that he has not been afraid, as many men would have been, to subject a proposition surrounded by reverence to the same logical treatment as any other statement, and has not felt himself obliged, as a philosopher, to consider it from the first as final. My complaint is, that his logic is not sufficiently consistent. The divine veracity is entitled either to more or to less weight than he accords to it. He is bound by the laws of correct...

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