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Cliquer sur les phrases pour les voir dans leur contexte. Les textes de Immanuel Kant et David Hume sont disponibles auprès du Projet Gutenberg.

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 Themistocles told the Athenians, that he had formed a design, which would be highly useful to the public, but which it was impossible for him to communicate to them without ruining the execution, since its success depended entirely on the secrecy with which it should be conducted. The mathematician, the natural philosopher, and the logician--how far soever the first may have advanced in rational, and the two latter in philosophical knowledge--are merely artists, engaged in the arrangement and formation of conceptions; they cannot be termed philosophers. Should any one leave this instance, and pretend to define a cause, by saying it is something productive of another, it is evident he would say nothing. On the contrary, if he be only related to the small object, he will not be strongly related to both, considered together, since his relation lies only with the most trivial part, which is not apt to strike us in any great degree, when we consider the whole. It is therefore from the influence of characters and qualities, upon those who have an intercourse with any person, that we blame or praise him. I shall therefore at once proceed to examine the difference between these two modes of knowledge. In the second, we do not speak of things, but of thought (all objects being abstracted), in which the Ego is always the subject of consciousness.