Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions by Thomas Henry Huxley

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Thomas Henry Huxley
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9781330928530
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Excerpt from Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions

Le plus grand service qu'on puisse rendre à la science est d'y faire place nette avant d'y rien construire. - Cuvier.

Most of the Essays comprised in the present volume have been written during the last six or seven years, without premeditated purpose or intentional connection, in reply to attacks upon doctrines which I hold to be well founded; or in refutation of allegations respecting matters lying within the province of natural knowledge, which I believe to be erroneous; and they bear the mark of their origin in the controversial tone which pervades them.

Of polemical writing, as of other kinds of warfare, I think it may be said, that it is often useful, sometimes necessary, and always more or less of an evil. It is useful, when it attracts attention to topics which might otherwise be neglected; and when, as does sometimes happen, those who come to see a contest remain to think. It is necessary, when the interests of truth and of justice are at stake.

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