Phaneroscopy, Semeiotic, Logic
Edited By Elize Bisanz
Quest of Quest. An Inquiry into the Conditions of Success in Inquiry
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Quest of Quest95 An Inquiry into the Conditions of Success in Inquiry (beyond the collection and observation of facts.)96
Looseness of expression, inexactitude is decidedly in vogue nowadays. One might almost say it is all the rage, so assiduously it is cultivated in our thousands of magazines and in books for “the general reader.” When that cultured person is addressed upon any subject of natural science, this looseness cannot well be avoided, since, not knowing the things, he could not possibly understand the implications of the exact terms that describe them. Those sciences are held down to precision, themselves, by the objects with which they are busied. The philosophical sciences, the sciences of the beautiful, the true, and the good, together with all the department of metaphysics, not studying concrete objects, have hardly anything to hold them with accuracy to their propositions except the exactitude of their definitions of words, and when these are forgotten, all their really fine work must crumble and become an occasional hazy reminiscence. But naturally there are swarms of writers who, having done no really fruitful reasoning of their own, can only earn some prestige for the general reader by reclothing what others have said in other words and it is, generally in old ones misused, since they cut the best figure. Besides, it is not everybody, by any means, who can coin a new word that is at all attractive. ← 157 | 158 →
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