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Single Idea 17016

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 1. Philosophy]

Full Idea

In philosophy abstraction from the senses is required.

Gist of Idea

Philosophy must abstract from the senses


Isaac Newton (Principia Mathematica [1687], Def 8 Schol)

Book Reference

Newton,Isaac: 'Philosophical Writings' [CUP 2004], p.66

A Reaction

He particularly means 'natural philosophy' (i.e. science), but there is no real distinction in Newton's time, and I would say this remark is true of modern philosophy.