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    Robert Flint
Excerpt from book: by psychological analysis. What is alone objectionable is that 'the science of the sciences' should appeal from science to any lower tribunal. Science is more definite and better grounded than ordinary knowledge: nearer the perfect form of human knowledge : such knowledge in its completest and purest state. Therefore whenever science can be had it is with science that philosophy should have to do, and by science that it must be tried and judged. Each science reduces to order, each science develops to perfection or approximate perfection so much ordinary knowledge, and philosophy has to avail itself of the achievements of the separate sciences. Hence an important reduction, an important simplification, of its labour. As far ras possible it has to do not directly with the comparative chaos of common knowledge, but with the separate systems of order which constitute the special sciences. Wherever it can do better it ought never to appeal from the higher to the lower tribunal,—from Philip sober to Philip drunk. Some observations on the various kinds or stages of knowledge still seem to be called for. To apprehend aright the nature of one phase or species of knowledge acquaintance with that of others is in- dispensable. Yet it has long been, and still is, common to assume that knowledge is only threefold, although the assumption is very erroneous, and has given rise to various false inferences. There are many stages and kinds of knowledge, and so important a fact should not be overlooked or the vast significance of it fail to be realised as fully as possible. Yet there are even scientists and philosophers who treat of ordinary human knowledge as if it were the primary source and oldest form of knowledge. Of course that is a very great error, one which assumes that there was no an...   show more
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