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genious philosopher who propounds an entirely faulty system may be an important factor in.the advance of truth through the sharpening

of the mental faculties of his critics by analyzing his system, pointing out its defects, and either correcting his results, or putting them into proper shape. Since the time of the schoolmen it has beer recognized that the analysis of fallacies is one of the best methods of discipline in the art of correct reasoning.

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