instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Friday, July 13, 2012

Iron sharpens iron

Now, we fully grant that nothing can be sounder than to argue from the position of one doctrine to the amotion of another, and, vice versa, if the incompatibility of the two be proved: but if, instead of being proved, such incompatibility is only assumed, then that the whole conclusion founded thereupon is liable some day to find itself prostrate in the presence of a fact.
-- "St. Alphonsus and The Christian Remembrancer," The Dublin Review,  December 1854