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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Rousseau on anecdata

"But this pretended truth [D'Alembert's assertion that the Genevan clergy is Socinian despite all their claims] is not so clear or so indifferent that you have the right to advance it without good authorities; and I do not see on what one could found oneself to prove that the sentiments that a group professes and according to which it acts are not its own. You will tell me next that you do not attribute the sentiment of which you speak to the whole ecclesiastical body. But you do attribute them to many; and many, in a small number, always compose such a large part that the whole must be affected by them."
--Letter to D'Alembert

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