The idea of the centaur does exist in our imagination, and inside our heads, and the name of it in our mouths.
No existential form suits a judgment such as " A centaur is a fiction," when we do not believe that there is a centaur, or that reality includes a centaur.
In the Centaur battle, having been crushed by rocks and trunks of trees, he was changed into a bird; or he disappeared into the depths of the earth unharmed.
" A conceivable centaur is a fiction," because in the former we believe and mean that the thing exists beyond the idea, and in the latter we do not.
Thus the judgment about a centaur is the belief, " A conceivable centaur is a fiction of the poets," and the judgment about a square circle is the belief, " A so-called square circle is an impossibility."
In a correspondence with Mill, Brentano rejoined that the centaur exists in imagination; Bradley says, " inside our heads."
Sagittarius, figured later as a Centaur, stood for the Babylonian Mars.
That the idea of a centaur is the idea of a man-horse; and even here some further origin is needed for the addition of the copula " is."
Oovth'raupos, ox-centaur (from, ous and itvravpos).
In one of the actions of this war the "Centaur" and "Implacable," unsupported by the Swedish ships (which lay to leeward), cut out the Russian 80-80-gun ship "Sevolod" from the enemy's line and, after a desperate fight, forced her to strike.
A mythology reminiscent of Italy is the "Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds" in the Germanic Museum at Nuremberg, founded directly upon the "Hercules and Centaur Nessus" of Pollaiuolo, now at New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. Of portraits, besides that of his father already mentioned as done in 1497, there is his own of 1498 at Madrid.
The judgment, " not-being is thinkable," cited by Aristotle; the judgment, " A square circle is impossible," cited by Herbart; the judgment, " A centaur is a fiction of the poets," cited by Mill.
As Mill pointed out, it cannot be implied that a centaur exists, since the very thing asserted is that the thing has no real existence.
According to one, then, the judgment becomes " There is an imaginary centaur "; according to the other " Reality includes an imaginary centaur."
But the point is that the centaur conceived and named does not exist beyond the idea of it and the name for it; it is not, like a man, a real thing which is neither the idea of it nor the name for it.
He was educated by the centaur Cheiron, who taught him the art of healing and hunting.
It is suggested as the origin of the legend, that the Greeks in early times, to whom riding was unfamiliar, regarded the horsemen of the northern hordes as one and the same with their horses; hence the idea of the Centaur as half-man, half-animal.
The child was at first handed over to the care of the Hours, or the nymph Melissa and the centaur Cheiron.
According to Homer, he was brought up by his mother at Phthia with his cousin and intimate friend Patroclus, and learned the arts of war and eloquence from Phoenix, while the Centaur Chiron taught him music and medicine.
On the way he slays the centaur Nessus, who persuades Deianeira that his blood is a love-charm.
The fable of the centaurs, if the derivation from to goad, Taupos, bull, be accepted (but see Centaur), would indicate the early existence of pastoral peoples living on horseback, like the modern cowboys (cp. "cow-punchers") or gauchos of North and South America.
Promoted rear-admiral a few days after this action, Hood was in 1807 entrusted with the operations against Madeira, which he brought to a successful conclusion, and a year later went to the Baltic, with his flag in the "Centaur," to take part in the war between Russia and Sweden.
The principal memorials embrace, besides the Roland, the Willehad fountain (1883), the monument of the Franco-German War (erected 1875), the centaur fountain (1891), an equestrian statue of the emperor William I.
About all conceivable centaurs, we do not think, " If anything is a centaur," because we do not believe that there are any; and in a universal judgment about the existent, e.g.
ACTAEON, son of Aristaeus and Autonoe, a famous Theban hero and hunter, trained by the centaur Cheiron.
This congruity of the miracle with divine truth and grace is the answer to Matthew Arnold's taunt about turning a pen into a pen-wiper or Huxley's about a centaur trotting down Regent Street.