We should expect the albuminous state of the seed to be an antecedent one to the exalbuminous condition, and the recent discoveries in fertilization tend to confirm this view.
It was of course antecedent to the discovery of auscultation.
The antecedent task is the action.
The lower forms of life prefigure man in unequal degrees of imperfection; they exist for his sake, but they are not regarded as representing necessary antecedent conditions of human existence.
It needs not distillation, but expansion and illustration from contemporary and antecedent thought and literature.