An Account of the Department of Philosophy in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Página 19 - In the corrupted currents of this world Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice, And oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself Buys out the law...
Página 22 - Organum. It is indeed an elaborate and correct analysis. But it is an analysis of that which we are all doing from morning to night, and which we continue to do even in our dreams.
Página 22 - The mind is a thinking substance; A thinking substance is a spirit; A spirit has no composition of parts; That, which has no composition of parts, is indissoluble; That, which is indissoluble, is immortal; Therefore the mind is immortal.
Página 31 - I am now thoroughly convinced that the human will is free, and that to be happy is not the purpose of our being, — but to deserve happiness.
Página 30 - I am employed more exclusively with my own being. This has given me a peace such as I have never before experienced; for amid uncertain worldly prospects I have spent my happiest days.
Página 30 - ... above all earthly concerns. I have accepted a nobler morality, and instead of occupying myself with outward things, I employ myself more with my own being. This has given me a peace such as I have never before experienced : amid uncertain worldly prospects I have passed my happiest days. I shall devote some years of my life to this philosophy ; and all that I write, at least for several years to come, shall be upon it.
Página 22 - Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, is a rule not more applicable to other witnesses than to consciousness. Thus every system of philosophy which implies the negation of any fact of consciousness is not only necessarily unable, without selfcontradiction, to establish its own truth by any appeal to consciousness; it is also unable, without self-contradiction, to appeal to consciousness against the falsehood of any other system. If the absolute and universal veracity of consciousness be once surrendered,...
Página 30 - A circumstance which seemed the result of mere chance, led me to give myself up entirely to the study of the Kantian philosophy, — a philosophy that restrains the imagination, which was always too powerful with me, gives understanding the sway, and raises the whole spirit to an indescribable elevation above all earthly considerations.
Página 22 - But if any testimony of consciousness be supposed false, the truth of no other fact of consciousness can be maintained. The legal brocard, Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, is a rule not more applicable to other witnesses than to consciousness. Thus every system of philosophy which implies the negation of any fact of consciousness is not only necessarily unable, without selfcontradiction, to establish its own truth by any appeal to consciousness; it is also unable, without self-contradiction, to...
Página 31 - The principles are indeed hard speculations which have no direct bearing on human life, but their consequences are most important for an age whose morality is corrupted at the fountain-head ; and to set these consequences before the world in a clear light, would, I believe, be doing it a good service.

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