Book Reviews; A Monthly Journal Devoted to New and Current Publications Volume 1

Book Reviews; A Monthly Journal Devoted to New and Current Publications Volume 1

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...no one who knew the lecturer's admirable powers of expression could fail to expect, and expectation was exceeded; for if it be judged merely as a literary achievement, the discourse he pronounced may fairly be held to surpass the very high level he had hitherto maintained. In point of sober eloquence it rises to the best traditions of English philosophical literature. Although the lecturer is in his own sphere the first of living scientific authorities, it is an excellent feature of his method that his peculiar knowledge was almost everywhere subordinate, and used, if at all, for illustrative purposes; so that he was free to treat a wide subject in a wide spirit, untrammelled by the influence of special studies. For in spite of strong scientific interests and the limits they sometimes impose upon minds imbued with them, Mr. Huxley has always taken naturally to the atmosphere of general culture, of which it is reasonable to presume that, if a man can breathe it without intoxication, it is likely to inspire him with the clearest observations and the soundest conclusions. But whatever opinion may be formed as to the accuracy of Mr. Huxley's observations or the value of his conclusions, there can be no doubt as to the wide range of his view, or the solid character of his acquaintance with modes of thought which have no patent connection with modern scientific doctrines. It is possible to disagree with Mr. Huxley's account of the relation between evolution and ethics and yet be profoundly moved by the eloquence of his plea on behalf of a noble life, even though he holds out no hope that in the end nature will be overcome by grace. " The theory of evolution," he says, " encourages no millennial anticipations. If for...show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236984846
  • 9781236984845