In no single act of affirmation of cause or substance, much less in such a primitive act, do we affirm the universality of their application.
In the history of philosophy affirmation precedes negation; dogmatism goes before scepticism.
Against the Church of Rome, however, there was directed the affirmation that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and not from both Father and Son; this rejection of the filioque was not unwelcome to the Turks.
It is that of " identity and diversity ": we cannot be conscious at all without distinguishing, and every affirmation necessarily implies negation.
The affirmation that American aborigines believed in an all-pervading, omnipotent Spirit is entirely inconsistent with the very nature of the case.