The Harvard Graduates' Magazine Volume 8

The Harvard Graduates' Magazine Volume 8

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...for experience and make it rational. " If there were no God we should have to invent one." What is, is never what ought to be. The " ought," therefore, has strictly no existence, but it must be postulated. The ultimate realities, then, are hypotheses, postulates, ideals, possibilities. IV. The Idealistic solution of the problem claims to be one which includes and harmonizes the others. How else could it be? If nothing human is foreign, opinions that differ from ours must supplement them; and if nothing extra-human is foreign, the "crushing, brute facts" of the Realist must dovetail into the inexpressible inner peace of the Mystic as well as into the " permanent possibilities " on which, for the Critical Rationalist, hang all the Law and the Prophets. To show how this dovetailing or organization takes place needs two hundred pages in Professor Royce's book, and cannot here be compressed into a paragraph. The Idealist challenges you as a Realist to show him any reality that is not saturated by ideas, and challenges you as a Mystic to show him any inner light that does not refer to sense facts. Facts are stubborn and unexpected, as the Realist says; but so are ideas or ideal facts, like custom and law, which compel and crush as earthquakes do. When facts are worked up, understood, controlled, they get more reality and influence, and not less. To maintain the reality of his facts, the Realist must get them infected through and through with that inner ferment of meaning-for-consciousness which the Mystic so exclusively loves. On the other hand, the Mystic's ineffable glory shrinks away into a state of dreamless sleep the instant he ceases to think about the same sort of objects which the Realist insists upon. Neither theory can go a step without the...show more

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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 558g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236680804
  • 9781236680808