The Unity of Worlds and of Nature: Three Essays on the Spirit of Inductive Philosophy; the Plurality of Worlds; and the Philosophy of Creation

The Unity of Worlds and of Nature: Three Essays on the Spirit of Inductive Philosophy; the Plurality of Worlds; and the Philosophy of Creation

by Baden Powell

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A work on the impact of science on religion, praised as 'masterly' by Charles Darwin.

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ISBN-13: 9781108004565
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Science and Religion Series
Pages: 584
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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If there be any force in what has been advanced, No intuitive percep- then, instead of any primary or inherent principle, tionofex. ternal any original element of the mind, enabling it to see truth the outward world blindfold, any intuitive internal power to create external facts, any authority derived solely from the interior resources of pure reason to show us physical and material things without reference to the senses, or the like, the simple The case i 1111 resolvable analysis of the case would lead us to the more into the sober belief that the source of inductive cer- abstraction, tainty, that certainty beyond the mere limits of sense, that superstructure larger than any foundation of facts, is accounted for by natural and acknowledged processes. It arises in the first instance out of the power of abstraction, acting with unconscious force and powerful rapidity, by whose aid the mind creates what are indeed new conceptions, yet formed only out of materials already furnished, and this not by addition, but bij subtraction of properties and particulars. Above all, the process derives its whole force from Mainly the discovery and acceptance of sound and well-framed perception analogies, or, as I have elsewhere said, The Soul Of Induction is Analogy; and higher, more effica- cious, and more enduring, as the analogies adopted are more strictly accordant with the real harmonies of nature. Application The application of a higher reasoning to the mere maticai facts of observation which essentially constitutes reasoning. science throughout a large extent of physical research, is mainly effected by the application of those systems of abstract and necessary mathematical truth which havebeen independently deduced from abstractions respecting qua...

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition; Preface to the First Edition; 1. On the spirit of the inductive philosophy; 2. On the unity or plurality of worlds; 3. On the philosophy of creation; Appendix.

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