An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent

An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent

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No one is likely to deny that a question is distinct both from a conclusion and from an assertion; and an assertion will be found to be equally distinct from a conclusion. For, if we rest our affirmation on arguments, this shows that we are not asserting; and, when we assert, we do not argue. An assertion is as distinct from a conclusion, as a word of command is from a persuasion or recommendation. Command and assertion, as such, both of them, in their different ways, dispense with, discard, ignore antecedents of any kind, though antecedents may have been a sine quAc non condition of their being elicited. They both carry with them the pretension of being personal acts.... of ourmoral weakness, of the precariousness of our life, health, wealth, position , and good fortune. We may havea clear viewoftheweak points of our physical constitution, of what food or medicine is good forus, and what does us.

Title:An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent
Author:Blessed John Henry Newman, Aeterna Press
Publisher:Aeterna Press -


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