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It is truly a monumental task in our day to convince any child of Descartes or British empiricism that even an open attitude toward various philosophical outlooks is measured by the realism that they are unable to jettison.
British empiricism, in its denial of evidence for the existence of God, deprived religion of its rational foundation, leaving religion on intellectual shaky ground, with consequences in the moral and social orders.
His topics include mathematical probability and demographic prediction, British empiricism and shop arithmetic, Queen Anne's bounty, political arithmetic, and wobbles and perturbations.
His consistency in subjecting the novels to thorough and almost microscopic analysis "according to the logic of British Empiricism, the morality of Georgian Anglicanism, and the imperatives of unregulated capitalism" (187), a phrase he repeats many times, is admirable, but one wishes for less defensiveness in methodology.
For instance, Peirce's withering critiques of the method of Descartes and the spirit of Cartesianism in "Questions Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed for Man" (1868) and "Some Consequences of Four Incapacities" (1868) enable Smyth's lucid discussion of Peirce reading the debate on intuition that divided the tradition of classical British empiricism (John Locke, James Mill, John Stuart Mill, Alexander Bain, and Peirce's Harvard professor Francis Bowen) and Thomas Reid's commonsensism combined with elements of Kantianism (Sir William Hamilton, Victor Cousin, Henry Mansel, James McCosh).

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