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Reason and Scientific Knowledge 'When a man reasoneth,' said Hobbes, 'he does nothing else but conceive a sum total, from addition of parcels or conceive a remainder, from subtraction of one sum from another; which, if it be done by words, is conceiving of the con: sequence of the names of all the parts, to the name of the whole; or from the names of the whole and one part, to the name of the other part. ' Reasoning is not born with us like sense or memory; nor, like prudence, is it the product of experience.
Yet he 45 HOBBES found himself in a country where peace and security were constantly in jeopardy because of the demands for liberty and for a greater share in government by the growing class of traders, professional men, and yeomen farmers, who rated the authority of the Bible and of their own consciences above that of the magistrates, bishops, and counsellors of the king. Hobbes had little sympathy for their religion and less for their politics. Like so many others at this time, too, he lived in daily dread of the Church of Rome which he regarded as an organized conspiracy against the temporal superstition and sharp practice.
Cit. 9 pp. 152-3. 41 HOBBES view of the fact that Ward, Wallis, and Wilkins from Oxford were the leading spirits of the Society, which had a in predominantly Puritan membership. Hobbes showed his resentment by attacking Boyle's theory of the air. His general criticism of the Society was that they spent too much time on new fangled devices and experiments and too little on working out the fundamental theory of motion as and Harvey had done. This was a shrewd criticism would have come better from one whose mathematiability was less suspect and who had himself done some Galileo but ; it cal experiments.