Plato's doctrine of ideas has attained an imaginary clearness and definiteness which is not to be found in his own writings.
Yet amid all these varieties and incongruities, there is a common meaning or spirit which pervades his writings, both those in which he treats of the ideas and those in which he is silent about them.
I think the view which I have been advocating, to the effect that a general idea
is distinguished from a vague one by the presence of a judgment, is also that intended by Ribot when he says (op.
For, in the first place even the principle which I have already taken as a rule, viz., that all the things which we clearly and distinctly conceive are true, is certain only because God is or exists and because he is a Perfect Being, and because all that we possess is derived from him: whence it follows that our ideas
or notions, which to the extent of their clearness and distinctness are real, and proceed from God, must to that extent be true.
"Let us pass on to the strange, bold and ingenious idea
," interrupted Mazarin, whose sagacity foresaw a check.
The reader who seeks to find some one idea
under which the whole may be conceived, must necessarily seize on the vaguest and most general.
He was beset by ideas
and in the throes of one of his ideas
After so long a period of an absorbing melancholy that resembled madness in its intensity and effects, he was glad to find that I was capable of taking pleasure in the idea
of such a journey, and he hoped that change of scene and varied amusement would, before my return, have restored me entirely to myself.
Wurt, indeed, says plainly that, assuming there are no sensations, it follows that there is no idea
The brave Americans serving our nation today in the Persian Gulf, in Somalia, and wherever else they stand, are testament to our resolve, but our greatest strength is the power of our ideas
, which are still new in many lands.
Knowledge is still more necessary; and knowledge, and patriotism, and integrity are worthless unless they are accompanied by a firm determination on his part to set his own personal interests completely aside, and to devote himself to a social idea
. France, no doubt, possesses more than one well-educated man and more than one patriot in every commune; but I am fully persuaded that not every canton can produce a man who to these valuable qualifications unites the unflagging will and pertinacity with which a blacksmith hammers out iron.
Your very ideas
are but the outgrowth of the conditions of your bourgeois production and bourgeois property, just as your jurisprudence is but the will of your class made into a law for all, a will, whose essential character and direction are determined by the economical conditions of existence of your class.