Sunday, 19 October 2008

It acts as umpire between truth and truth. Newman's University.

What an empire is in political history, such is a University in the sphere of philosophy and research. It is, as I have said, the high protecting power of all knowledge and science, of fact and principle, of inquiry and discovery, of experiment and speculation; it maps out the territory of the intellect, and sees that the boundaries of each province are religiously respected, and that there is neither encroachment nor surrender on any side. It acts as umpire between truth and truth, and, taking into account the nature and importance of each, assigns to all their due order of precedence.
John Henry Newman, "General Knowledge Viewed as One Philosophy", 1852. Quoted in Pelikan, p57

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