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Section 1. Classification of the Sciences.

[*E.C. Richardson,

in a little book on

classification, quotes

an assertion of

Robert H[?] in the

Presbytarian Review

for 1886. VII [?], to

the effect that that Comte

plagiarized [?]

system from [?]

[?] and thus

the idea of it

came from one

Dr Burdin, whom

I never heard of.]

Auguste Comte it was, as far as I am informed, who

first had the idea of arranging the sciences in a ladder, each

leading to the next. From the point of view of logic, at least,

this is decidedly the best arrangement; because, in order to prove

one thing to be true, if one is to proceed beyond mere perceptual

facts, it is necessary to assume the truth of something else,

while to attempt to prove this something else by assuming the

truth of the former proposition would be to complete a vicious

circle. It does not very often happen that that there are two

independent ways of proving the same thing; and when this

does happen, one of those ways will usual be more satisfac

tory or more fundamental than the other. When this is not so,

it is to be presumed that time will show that both the general

premises, or principles, are cases under one still more gen-

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