Plus Ultra: Or, the Progress and Advancement of Knowledge since the Days of Aristotle (1668)

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tation of being notional and unprofitable, and to keep you from adhering to that which is so, and hath been the occasion of the scandal. And as for those that yet stick there, I have some things to observe concerning he Reasons of their Devotion to that aiery disputative Philosophy, and their Enmity to the Practical.


CHAP. XVI.
The Reasons of Some Mens Supersti
ous Adherence to the Notional
way; and of the Disputer that gave
occasion to this Discourse.

I Consider then, That easie Youth in its] first addresses to Learning, is perfectly passive to the Discipline and Instructions of its Teachers, whose Documents are promiscuously received with ready submission of Understandings, that implicitely depend on their Authority. We suck in the first Rudiments as we do the common Air [facili haustu] as my Lord Bacon expresseth it, without discrimination or election, of which indeed

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