Excerpt from Papers Read Before the Society, 1903-1904
You see how large - I had almost said immeasurable - a field is hereby opened to philosophy, a field nevertheless which it is bound, so far as in it lies, to measure and reclaim. For supposing that any idea or belief of c... ommon sense should be examined by philosophy, and should be replaced by some new idea or belief, which in its turn becomes current, and wins general acceptance, at once the question arises, to which of the two, philosophy or common sense, does this new idea or belief belong - is it to philosophy, in virtue of its being due to philosophical criticism, or is it to common sense, in virtue of its having taken its place among generally accepted truths?
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