I cannot help suspending my narration to reflect a little on the ridiculous speculations of those swelling philosophers, whose arrogance would prescribe laws to nature, and subject those astonishing effects, which we behold daily, to their idle reasonings
and chimerical rules.
This implicit reasoning
is essentially no more peculiar to evangelical belief than the use of wide phrases for narrow motives is peculiar to Englishmen.
that I am a talker, then the true reasoning runs that since all men of sense should avoid me, and thou hast not avoided me, but art at the present moment eating herrings with me under a holly-bush, ergo you are no man of sense, which is exactly what I have been dinning into your long ears ever since I first clapped eyes on your sunken chops.
A brave piece of reasoning," cried the other, "and I know of but one reply to it.
It is quite possible that Barbicane's reasoning
is correct, and that I have lost my nine thousand dollars.
Certainly, nothing but some such decreed unavoidable misery, which it was impossible for me to escape, could have pushed me forward against the calm reasonings
and persuasions of my most retired thoughts, and against two such visible instructions as I had met with in my first attempt.
Tulliver hid these reasonings
in her own bosom; for when she had thrown out a hint to Mr.
This essay is scheduled for publication in Textual Reasonings, ed.
Textual reasoning offers a not-merely-literary way of reading the Bible, other than history, that would tell us "the truth.
Textual reasoning names both a nascent scholarly movement and the set of practices this movement tries to describe and analyze.
I then pause to recount the emergence of textual reasoning and to describe its three basic dimensions in some detail (section two).
Several years ago, at one of those pleasant dinners during academic conferences where old friends and colleagues get a chance to reconnect and catch up, I found myself in an unexpected imbroglio over a book which, I later realized, represented a shot fired over the bow by "textual reasoning.