Item 21 - Letter from William Whewell

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Letter from William Whewell


  • 29 Dec. 1823 (Creation)

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4 pp.

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WW has not got the time to visit HJR. 'Are you not doing what our worthy friend Hare [Julius Hare] and some others do to an extent which I should not have conceived possible in men of sense? Finding that Reason alone cannot invent a satisfactory system of morals & politics are you not quarrelling with her altogether and adopting opinions because they are irrational? ... Why will you not see that in speculative matters, though reason may go wrong if not guided by our better affections, that you cannot do without her... I beg your pardon for all this blasphemy but what can I say when I see men of sense adopting obsolete follies merely because they have been so completely confuted?'.

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