On the other hand, if laws of social phenomena, empirically generalized from history, can, when once suggested, be affiliated to the known laws of human nature; if the direction actually taken by the developments and changes of human society, can be seen to be such as the properties of man and of his dwelling-place made antecedently probable, the empirical generalizations are raised into positive laws, and sociology becomes a science."
Of Mantua, the author of Contraria legum Longobardorum, but withdrew this antecedently improbable suggestion (ib.
But, above all, it is antecedently certain that defection from the ordinary standard of morality would have precluded the success which the sophists unquestionably sought and won.
Manifestly all three propositions are antecedently improbable.
Antecedently to their separation from each other the Reformers took over the theology of Greek orthodoxy as a whole.