The Foundations of Philosophy; A Study of the Doctrine of Degrees and Related Subjects

The Foundations of Philosophy; A Study of the Doctrine of Degrees and Related Subjects

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...and phenomena. "If forms alone are regarded, not anything of life can be seen in nature, still less anything of love and wisdom, consequently not anything of God."3 "Hence it may appear how sensually, that is, how much from the senses of the body and their darkness in spiritual things, those men think who say that nature is from herself. They think from the eye and cannot think from the understanding. Thought from the eye closes up the understanding, but thought from the understanding opens the eye." 4 In tracing back the sequences of life from the highly organised, through the simpler forms, to the most elemental, it appears as if we were following life to its source; but it is like chasing the will-o'-the-wisp. We seem to be dealing with causes, but at best they are only instrumental or 1 Divine Love and Wisdom, no. 119. 2 Ibid., no. 339. 3 Ibid., no. 46. 4 Ibid. secondary causes. If we assume that the mysterious powers that we see in nature are derived from the sun, we have still to account for the activities in the sun itself. The light and heat of the sun are mediate causes, but at the back of them are the spiritual forces that permeate all forms of matter. We see, then, spiritual forces acting through material forces to produce the forms of life and use by which we are surrounded. "A living force as the cause principal is the spiritual principle, and a dead force as the cause instrumental is the natural principle."1 "Moreover, in every spiritual thing there lies an effort to clothe itself with a body." 2 "There exists a spiritual world, which is prior, interior, and superior to the natural world, wherefore everything of the spiritual world is a cause and everything of the natural world is an...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236611810
  • 9781236611819