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1859 Excerpt: ...moment when they are Nominalists in assertion,
--strenuous opposers of those very general feelings, of the truth
of which they avail themselves, in their very endeavour to disprove
them. "If, indeed, it were the name which formed the class, and not
that previous relative feeling, or general notion of resemblance of
some sort, which the name denotes, then might anything be classed
with anything, and classed with equal propriety. All which would be
necessary, would be merely to apply the same name uniformly to the
same objects; and, if we were careful to do this, John and a
triangle might as well be classed together, under the name man, as
John and William. Why does the one of those arrangements appear to
us more philosophic than the other 1 It is because something more
is felt by us to be necessary in classification, than the mere
giving of a name at random. There is, in the relative suggestion
that arises on our very perception or conception of objects, when
we consider them together, a reason for giving the generic name to
one set of objects rather than to another, --the name of man, for
instance, to John and William, rather than to John and a triangle.
This reason is the feeling of the resemblance of the Lect. XXXV
objects which we class, --that general notion of the ' relation of
similarity in certain respects, which is signified by the general
term, --and without which relative suggestion, as a previous state
of the mind, the general term would as little have been invented,
as the names of John and William would have been invented, if there
had been no perception ot any individual being whatever to be
denoted by them."" This part of Dr Brown's philosophy has obtained
the most unmeasured encomium; it has been lauded as the most
important step ...
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