06 January 2010

Tools of philosophy

As I discussed in this post, well into the 19th century philosophy was a broad term that incorporated the physical and biological sciences in its definition. This ad I came across in a 1899 issue of the British magazine Science-Gossip shows that one could buy a philosophical instrument at least until the end of that century.

PhilosophyInstrument

Imagine how quickly you could get to the bottom of things and figure out the meaning of life if you had one of those machines.

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