The generall & the particular



From the new issue of
Cabinet, the article 'Rain and Rainfall -- Great Britain -- Periodicity -- Periodicals' by Edward Eigen:

Here, at last, is the argument: "in his bare was," the historian "is so tied, not to what should be, but to what is, to the particular truth of things, that his example draweth no necessary consequence." And the philosopher, for his part, in his "bare rule," gives the precept for what should be, without convincingly showing why it is so. The argument, such as it is, comes from Sir Philip Sidney, The Defense of Poesie (published 1595). [...] what made him a mantic poet of rainfall are his reflections on how to "coupleth the generall notion with the particular example," the philosopher's precept with the historian's example.
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