Force and Matter

Force and Matter : Empirico-Philosophical Studies, Intelligibly Rendered

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At a time when German philosophy was dominated by idealism, German philosopher and physician Ludwig Buchner (1824-99) wrote Kraft und Stoff, an influential work advocating materialism, in 1855. It went through many editions and was widely read across the world. The controversy surrounding the book led to Buchner leaving his post at the University of Tubingen, but he went on to establish the German Freethinkers' League, the first German organisation for atheists. This book, first published in 1864, is a translation of the eighth edition, and is edited by J. Frederick Collingwood, who wanted to bring Buchner's work to an English audience. It contains translations of the prefaces from the first, third and fourth editions of Kraft und Stoff, and an introductory letter from Buchner which expresses his belief that Darwin's theory of evolution has given support to his materialist theory.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139136550
  • 9781139136556

Table of contents

Advertisement by the editor; Letter to the editor; Preface to the first edition; Preface to the third edition; Preface to the fourth edition; 1. Force and matter; 2. Immortality of matter; 3. Immortality of force; 4. Infinity of matter; 5. Dignity of matter; 6. Immutability of the laws of nature; 7. Universality of the laws of nature; 8. The heavens; 9. Periods of the creation of the earth; 10. Primeval generation; 11. Design in nature; 12. Brain and soul; 13. Thought; 14. The seat of the soul; 15. Innate ideas; 16. The idea of a god; 17. Personal continuance; 18. Vital force; 19. The soul of brutes; 20. Free will; 21. Concluding observations.show more