Bradley on Philosophical Debts

Posting this now to comment on later.

It is not that in this book or elsewhere I lay a claim to original discovery. In these pages there is perhaps no result which I do not owe, and where, if my memory served me better, I could not acknowledge my debt. But when a man has studied, however little, the great philosophers, and felt the distance between himself and them, I hardly understand how, except on compulsion, he can be ready to enter on claims and counterclaims between himself and his fellows. And all I care to say for myself is that, if I had succeeded in owing more, I might then perhaps have gained more of a claim to be original.

Bradley, F. H. (Francis Herbert), 1846-1924. The principles of logic (Kindle Locations 24-29). London : Oxford University Press.

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