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Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge

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Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,428 / 85 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.6
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 1,645
Added to site: 2007.11.10 18975
Genres: Philosophy, Essays

When we find Science, which has done so much and promised so much for the happiness of mankind, devoting so large a proportion of its resources to the destruction of human life, we are prone to ask despairingly--Is this the end? If not; how are we to discover and assure for stricken Humanity the vision and the possession of a Better Land?

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s valuable because it clearly shows what really is the origin of the idea of Space. It proves that the idea of Space is a representation of one condition of our Activity. It is because the primary work of Thought is to represent the forms of our dynamic Activity that we find the idea of Space so necessary and fundamental.

But it will perhaps be argued that our ordinary sensations carry with them a spatial meaning and implication, and that indirectly, therefore, our sensations do supply us with the idea of Space. It will readily be agreed that if this is so of any sensations it is pre-eminently true of the sensations of vision and touch. Indeed, it will perhaps not be disputed that the ordinary vident man derives from the sensations of vision his most common spatial conceptions. We propose, therefore, to inquire very briefly how the character of spatial extension becomes associated with the data of Vision.

The objects of Vision appear to be displayed before us in immense multitude, each



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