The Materialism of the Present Day: A Critique of Dr. Büchner's System

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H. Baillière, 1866 - 202 pàgines
 

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Pàgina 72 - It is inconceivable that inanimate brute matter should, without the mediation of something else, which is not material, operate upon and affect other matter without mutual contact, as it must be, if gravitation, in the sense of Epicurus, be essential and inherent in it.
Pàgina 190 - To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.
Pàgina 72 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity that I believe no man, who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it. Gravity must be caused by an agent acting constantly according to certain laws ; but whether this agent...
Pàgina 72 - That gravity should be innate, inherent and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to the other, is to me so great an absurdity, that I believe no man who- has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it.
Pàgina 76 - But if you suppose that the intermediate space is filled with a subtile matter, we can comprehend at once that this matter may act upon the bodies, by impelling them : the effect would be the same as if they possessed a power of mutual attraction. Now, as we know that the whole space which separates the heavenly bodies is filled with a subtile matter, called ether, it...
Pàgina 190 - His reason ought to conquer his imagination ; though I have felt the difficulty far too keenly to be surprised at any degree of hesitation in extending the principle of natural selection to such startling lengths.
Pàgina 75 - Other philosophers consider this opinion as absurd, and contrary to the principles of a rational philosophy. They do not deny the fact : they even admit that powers exist which are the causes of the reciprocal tendency of bodies towards each other: but they maintain, that they are foreign to the bodies ; that they belong to the ether, or the...
Pàgina 202 - ... extent the number of fortunate accidents which may have brought about such a result, that the confession of ignorance would, it seems to me, be far better. We shall conclude by a general observation. Notwithstanding the numerous objections we have raised against M. Darwin's theory, we do not directly declare ourselves hostile to a system of which zoologists are the only competent judges. We are neither for nor against the transmutation of species, neither for nor against the principle of natural...
Pàgina 54 - Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi quatenus a viribus impressis cogitur statum ilium mutare. Lex I (in edition of i726). Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi quatenus illud a viribus impressis cogitur statum suum mutare.
Pàgina 58 - It is evident, then, that in the case of the billiard table, it is the friction and the resistance of the air which counteract the motion of the ball, and soon reduce it to a state of rest. Now, these causes are external, and it is easily comprehensible that, but for these obstacles, the motion of the ball must have always continued...

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