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NATURE AND THOUGHT

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KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, & CO., 1 PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1882

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PREFACE.

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THERE are now few educated persons who do not feel some interest in one or more branches of Physical Science; and, amongst those so interested, an increasing number cannot rest satisfied without inquiring into those deeper problems which underlie all science. Such problems deservedly occupy public attention, for they have very important practical results. The object of this book is to express, in terms as little technical as may be, the course and outcome of recent discussions on questions of this fundamental character. Its author has taken all the pains he can to represent accurately those views from which he dissents, and to avoid any over-statement of evidence for those to which he adheres. Much use has been made of Mr. Arthur Balfour's Defence of Philosophic Doubt,' and obligation has to be expressed to the Rev. Frederick

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