Chauncey Wright


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Chauncey Wright (September 10, 1830 - September 12, 1875), American philosopher and mathematician, was born at Northampton, Massachusetts.

In 1852 he graduated at Harvard, and became computer to the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. He made his name by contributions on mathematical and physical subjects in the Mathematical Monthly. He soon, however, turned his attention to ... more »

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  • ''Let one persuade many, and he becomes confirmed and convinced, and cares for no better evidence.''
    Chauncey Wright (1830-1875), U.S. philosopher. letter to F. E. Abbot, Feb. 10, 1869. Philosophical Writings of Chauncey Wright, p. 46, ed. by Edward H...
  • ''The accidental causes of science are only "accidents" relatively to the intelligence of a man.''
    Chauncey Wright (1830-1875), U.S. philosopher. Originally published in North American Review (1871). "The Genesis of Species," repr. In Philosophical ...
  • ''We receive the truths of science by compulsion. Nothing but ignorance is able to resist them.''
    Chauncey Wright (1830-1875), U.S. philosopher. Originally published in North American Review (1865). "The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer," p. 23, repr....
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