Phaneroscopy, Semeiotic, Logic
Essays toward the Full Comprehension of Reasonings. Preface
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The track over which the Reader and I shall ramble in these pages is certainly not one to suit a person fagged out with hard work or desirous of almost passive stir. At the other extreme, should some athlete intellect imagine that the fever of his longing to put some mighty Mt. Everest under his feet could in any degree be allayed as a consequence of his joining our little excursion, _ grrr-rl! How suddenly the other paw would kick the beam! Pardon, I beg, the dislocation of the metaphor;—‘twas the violence of the supposition that did it. No, our track is well adapted to exercise an understanding that is both active and vigorous, without being gifted with any extraordinary powers. Now this describes what I myself was before five decades of thoughtful and critical reading with about three hours daily strenuous inquiry of my own had brought my powers up to the point which my maker had not intended they should surpass,—in this life, at any rate. Of course, I wish they were greater. I venture to hope they may be so hereafter. But meantime they are more than respectable, and I ought to be humbly grateful. But the point of interest is that I may be encouraged to hope that I may succeed in rendering these pages useful to a reader whose powers and desires are such as my own formerly were. Indeed, I...
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