History of the Christian Philosophy of Religion from the Reformation to Kant

History of the Christian Philosophy of Religion from the Reformation to Kant

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History of the Christian Philosophy of Religion from the Reformation to Kant

History of the Christian Philosophy of Religion from the Reformation to Kant

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Whoever undertakes to write the History of a Science is confronted at the outset with the great difficulty of having to define correctly the matter that has to be dealt with. The conception of a science is that about which there is most dispute, and in the setting forth of which there is the greatest diversity of procedure. Should, then, the expounder of a science pass silently over all those views of it which he does not recognise as correct? This is impossible. Moreover a comprehensive and systematic treatment of any subject in a scientific way is only attained after a long period of prior effort. May, then, the historical treatment of a science leave all the beginnings and all the early imperfect attempts in the way of scientific explanation of its subject - matter unnoticed? Certainly not. Were any one, for example, to undertake to write a History of Ethics, he could neither leave out of view all those precepts of action that were not yet brought into the form of a strictly completed system, nor could he omit any of those systems which based the Science of Ethics upon other definitions than the one which he himself held to be correct. The historian of a science must not merely review all the expositions of his science actually presented in history, but he must also draw . . .

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