Unformatted text preview: about the route to wisdom, preferring observation, experience, and experiment to contemplation. In his notebooks he wrote; "I am fully conscious that, not being a literary man, certain presumptuous persons will think that they may reasonable blame me; alleging that I am not a man of letters. Foolish folks! do they not know that I might retort . .. that they, who deck themselves out in the labors of others will not allow me my own . .. they do not know that my subjects are to be dealt with by experience rather than words, and experience has been the mistress of those who wrote well." The phrase ... they who deck themselves out in the labors of others must certainly be a jab at the neoPlatonists, decking themselves out in the labors of Plato....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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