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84 Metaphors for philosophy

Aristotle's philosophy of rhetoric, Cicero's charming dialog on his profession, Quintilian's treatise on the teaching of rhetoricnone of these is a text-book.

Whoever may have been its author, it expresses in noble and impassioned verse the sense of danger, the audacity, and the exultation of those pioneers of modern thought, for whom philosophy was a voyage of discovery into untravelled regions.

A philosophy is the expression of a man's intimate character, and all definitions of the universe are but the deliberately adopted reactions of human characters upon it.

Her philosophy is a seeming neglect of those that be too good for her.

"Philosophy is the science of the totality of things," says Cardinal Mercier, his greatest contemporary commentator, and he continues, "Philosophy is the sum-total of reality."

The philosophy of Fichte's second period is a new systemso judge the majority of the historians of philosophy.

Schleiermacher's philosophy is a rendezvous for the most diverse systems.

Philosophy as illumination, as a factor in general culture, is an exclusively modern phenomenon.

Philosophy is the basis of theology, theology the criterion and complement of philosophy.

May there not be at least a partial release from the imprisoning verdict that a man's philosophy is the formula of his personality?

So I waited..." "Such philosophy is rare, madame.

The actual literature, however, and the philosophy of this period are Buddhist.

"Modern philosophy is Protestantism in the sphere of the thinking spirit" (Erdmann).

The German philosophy of war, of which this is a part, is not really a philosophy of war; it is a philosophy of victory.

Her philosophy was the fruit of a rightly-lived, useful life, and even after the distressing accident which lamed her, her enthusiasm never waned, but rather seemed intensified and glorified.

Besides, Miss Brontรซ's "philosophy" was exactly the opposite to that attributed to her, as anybody may see who reads Shirley.

The speculative mind has been stimulated to fresh activity, and new philosophies, of vast and imposing proportions, have been the result.

The philosophy was Herder's, and a glowing eulogy of him closes the study.

Philosophy is a precipitation of its electric spirit, and the need that philosophy feels of basing everything on an ultimate principle is in turn relieved by music.

Philosophy is thought-movement (dialectic); it is a system of concepts, each of which passes over into its successor, puts its successor forth from itself, just as it has been generated by its predecessor.

To such men, a satire of Juvenal was more precious than an epistle of St. Paul; dogma, they demolished with epigrams, the philosophy of the schoolmen was a standing joke, and a passage from Plato or Horace outweighed the definitions of an Ecumenical Council.

The philosophy of a period is thus the fundamental bass of its history.

It indeed may well have been that the formal enunciation of the primary importance of woman in the social organism has played its own part in accelerating her rise into her destined lofty position, though in the main, any philosophy can be merely the explanation and the record of an evolution wherein we are little but passive factors.

" That Pater's philosophy could ever have been misunderstood is not to be entertained with patience by any one who has read him with even ordinary attention; that it may have been misapplied, in spite of all his care, is, of course, possible; but if a writer is to be called to account for all the misapplications, or distortions, of his philosophy, writing may as well come to an end.

Philosophy and science and the springs Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world I have essayed, and in my mind there is, A power to make these subject to itself.

In David Friedrich Strauss (1808-74, born and died at Ludwigsburg) the philosophy of religion becomes a historical criticism of the Bible and of dogmatics.

Plato's philosophy is a worthy preface to the religion of the future.

This is confirmed by the portraits of people celebrated by their works; for most of them are taken only after their subjects have attained celebrity, generally depicting them as old and grey; more especially if philosophy has been the work of their lives.

Philosophy for Paracelsus is knowledge of nature, in which observation and thought must co-operate; speculation apart from experience and worship of the paper-wisdom of the ancients lead to no result.

A special care Has that good man: he turns the statute-book; About his hall and chambers if you look, The moral virtues in fair effigy Are lively painted: moral philosophy Has not a sentence, be it great or small, But it is painted on his honour's wall.

Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharpe as will: My stronger guilt, defeats my strong intent, [Footnote 1: The philosophy of which self is the centre.

Materialistic and spiritualistic philosophies are the rival types that result: the former defining the world so as to leave man's soul upon it as a soil of outside passenger or alien, while the latter insists that the intimate and human must surround and underlie the brutal.

The philosophy of history is Hegel's most brilliant and most lasting achievement.

Philosophy is the reaction of the intellect, of man to the stimuli of life, but religion is life and is therefore in many ways a flat contradiction of the concepts of the intellect, which is only a small portion of life, therefore limited, partial, and (because of this) sometimes entirely wrong in its conclusions independently arrived at along these necessarily circumscribed lines.

Philosophy is essentially the vision of things from above.

And I formerly supposed that it exhorted and encouraged me to continue the pursuit I was engaged in, as those who cheer on racers, so that the dream encouraged me to continue the pursuit I was engaged in, namely, to apply myself to music, since philosophy is the highest music, and I was devoted to it.

Hence natural philosophy, astronomy, and theology are the pillars of anthropology, and ultimately of medicine.

I shall be told, I suppose, that my philosophy is comfortlessbecause I speak the truth; and people prefer to be assured that everything the Lord has made is good.

In more cultivated society he was apt to be nervous; for his philosophy was never proof against the terror of being laughed at.

They hung upon her words, they accepted her views of life, her philosophy became theirs.

But philosophy and history were not very congenial subjects to him, and when the list was published his name was only in the third class.

With him, as to Cicero and Seneca, philosophy is the wisdom of life.

Antecedent systems failed, and subsequent systems have failed; in this alone, the philosophy of Christianity, is there safety, for it alone is consonant with the revealed will of God.

The second possible error is that philosophy is the affair of a small group of students and specialists, quite outside the purview of the great mass of men, and that it owes its existence to this same class of delving scholars, few in number, impractical in their aims, and sharply differentiated from their fellows.

Philosophy is the highest product and the goal of the world-process.

Shelley's philosophy (if one may dignify a hopeless dream by such a name) was a curious aftergrowth of the French Revolution, namely, that it is only the existing tyranny of State, Church, and society which keeps man from growth into perfect happiness.

The philosophy they taught was morality, and this was eminently practical and also elevated.

Philosophy and rhyme are my forte.

Blair is fluent and easy, but he furnishes not a little false syntax; Campbell's Philosophy of Rhetoric is a very valuable treatise.

His mind dwelt on that side of every question which involved the interest and welfare of the whole mass of mankind, and his religious philosophy was pure Humanitarianism.

If philosophy is more a matter of passionate vision than of logic,and I believe it is, logic only finding reasons for the vision afterwards,must not such thinness come either from the vision being defective in the disciples, or from their passion, matched with Fechner's or with Hegel's own passion, being as moonlight unto sunlight or as water unto wine?

If Lockeโ€™s philosophy, by setting authority in its place and deriving all knowledge from experience, was a powerful aid to rationalism, his contemporary Bayle worked in the same direction by the investigation of history.

Besides, the philosophy of that day, like its criticism, was altogether mechanical, nay, as it now seems, materialist in its ultimate and logical results.

"Philosophy is the science of the totality of things," says Cardinal Mercier, his greatest contemporary commentator, and he continues, "Philosophy is the sum-total of reality."

His philosophy, expressed in this medium, is sombre.

If the philosophy of Hellas be the most explicit witness to her ethical development, her poetry is the most eloquent.

"The philosophy of self-interest as the social solution was a good living and working synthesis in the days when civilisation was advancing its frontiers twenty miles a day across the American continent, and every man for himself was the best social mobilisation possible.

Philosophy, on the other hand, should be like the Eleusinian mysteries, for the few, the รฉlite. Philalethes.

The question is getting narrowed to one, in which the simplest philosophy is the wisest.

Here we must not look for further detailed explanations: philosophy is just the course which has been traversed.

Their whole moral philosophy, if we may believe Arnauld and Pascal, was a tissue of casuistry; truth was obscured in order to secure popularity; even the most diabolical persecution was justified if heretics stood in the way.

Study to acquire such a philosophy as is not barren and babbling, but solid and true; not such a one as floats upon the surface of endless verbal controversies, but one that enters into the nature of things; for he spoke good sense that said, "The philosophy of the Greeks was a mere jargon, and noise of words.

Philosophy is the sarcophagus of truth; and most systems of philosophy are like the pyramids,impressive piles of useless intellectual masonry, erected at prodigious cost of time and labor to secrete from mankind the truth.

(3) If the world is thought in becoming, and philosophy has to set forth this process, philosophy is a theory of development.

Since the beginning of the Council of Trent, which was still sitting, philosophy had become the mode in Venice, and had grown to be a topic of absorbing interest by no means confined to Churchmen; and young men of fashion took courses of training in the latest and most intellectual accomplishment.

Philosophy is the body of human wisdom, verified and irradiated by divine wisdom.

Bรถstrom's philosophy is a system of self-activity and personalism which recalls Leibnitz and Krause.

Latin, it was the speech of infidels; Logic hath nought to say in a true cause; Philosophy is curiosity; And Socrates was therefore put to death, Only for he was a philosopher.

Perverted Calvinistic philosophy is the key which unlocks the mystery of Brown's life and deeds.

The philosophy of Bacon is an immense improvement on all previous systems, since it heralds the jubilee of trades, the millennium of merchants, the schools of thrift, the apostles of physical progress, the pioneers of enterprise,the Franklins and Stephensons and Tyndalls and Morses of our glorious era.

Hence philosophy, rightly understood, is a material force of the most powerful kind, though very slow in its working.

To "explain" is in one way or another to liken the less known to what is better known; and thus every philosophy is an attempt to expressby means of sundry extensions and limitationsthe universe of our experience in the terms of some totality with which we are more familiar; plainly, it is also an endeavour to express the greater in terms of the less, and must therefore be almost infinitely inadequate even at the best.

Philosophy is the sarcophagus of truth; and most systems of philosophy are like the pyramids,impressive piles of useless intellectual masonry, erected at prodigious cost of time and labor to secrete from mankind the truth.

Speculative (theoretical) natural philosophy divides into physics, concerned with material and efficient causes, and metaphysics, whose mission, according to the traditional view, is to inquire into final causes, but in Bacon's own opinion, into formal causes; operative (technical) natural philosophy is mechanics and natural magic.

Mr. Bulwer's philosophy is his Mrs. Tibbs; he thrusts her forward into the company of her betters, as if her rank and reputation never admitted of a question.

Protestantism and materialistic philosophy were joint nursing-mothers to modernism, but when, by the middle of the last century, it had reached man's estate, they proved inadequate; something else was necessary, and this was furnished to admiration by evolutionism.

Philosophies are intimate parts of the universe, they express something of its own thought of itself.

To console himself, he read Boรซthius, and religious philosophy was ever afterwards his favorite study.

The learning of to-day, the wisdom, the philosophy of to-day is profounder than that of any preceding century, and it is folly to overthrow it by, or compel it to give place to, the learning, the wisdom, the philosophy of departed and ruder ages.

Philosophy is a very pleasant thing, and has various uses; one is, that it makes us laugh; and certainly there are no speculations in philosophy, that excite the risible faculties, more than some of the serious stories related by fanciful philosophers.

Yet to the studious reader the philosophy must be the most conspicuous element which enters into the poem, and it gives character and meaning to the work far more fully than in the case of any of her novels.

Plato records a saying of Socrates that the dog is a true philosopher because philosophy is love of knowledge, and a dog, while growling at strangers, always welcomes the friends that he knows.

I say nothing of grammar as a general science; because, although the philosophy of language be a valuable branch of human knowledge, it were idle to expect that school-boys should understand it.

Living hearts throb to the music penned by the dead hand of Mozart and of Beethoven; the clownings of Aristophanes arouse laughter in our music halls; Euripides is as subtle and world-weary as any modern; the philosophies of Parminides and Heraclitus are recrudescent in that of Bergson; and Plato discusses higher space under a different name.