Book II. the Individual and the Society. Book III. Man and the Universe

Book II. the Individual and the Society. Book III. Man and the Universe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...must be one Mind. That the world implies a Mind to think it is the conclusion to which almost all Idealists 1 feel driven by an imperious necessity of thought. That that necessity_ has not always led to an unequivocal acceptance of that view of the Universe which is usually called Theism has been due largely to the one-sidedness with which idealistic thought has fastened upon the cognitive side of our conscious being to the exclusion of that side of it which is revealed in our voluntary action. Recent Psychology and recent Metaphysic have alike directed attention to the will as a no less essential element in our consciousness than thought and feeling. If we are justified in inferring a universal Thinker from the analogy of our own thought, we are surely justified in inferring a universal Will from the analogy of our own wills, however fully we may recognize the inadequacy of such terms to express the different sides or aspects of the One Spirit 2 in which we must recognize the ultimate cause or ground of the world's existence and of all the other spirits which (with Him) form the totality of real Being in the Universe. 1 Except what is Volition. I put aside, as unimportant for the present purpose, our knowledge of other minds and of what they experience. 2 e. g. the thought of a blueness which is not at the time being perceived. It is quite true that this general idea, which is neither light blue nor dark blue, but inclusive of both, is something which the eye of man has never seen and never can see, but the judgement that this or that is blue would have no meaning, except as asymbol or representative of the blue sensations which have been or under certain conditions might be actually perceived. 1 Kant--arbitrarily, as later...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881893
  • 9781236881892