Hermathena Volume 7-8

Hermathena Volume 7-8

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...Realism is the legitimate consequence of these theories of Causality and Substance., To examine Mansel's other source of the idea of Material Substance, i.e. that it is derived from the presentation of the Ego: If, as we see Mansel maintains, it is impossible to project choice beyond consciousness, as it is only presented as an attribute of consciousness, it should be equally impossible to project into the world of unconscious objects a Substance and Unity which are merely subjective presentations, even if this Substance and Unity are no more closely connected with consciousness than choice is; but if we turn to Mansel's theory of the Ego, we find (Metaphysics, pp. 355, 3 56) that his presented substance is absolutely identical with consciousness. This he lays down unambiguously. Such a substance cannot possibly be the basis of the representation of an unconscious substratum of material phenomena. This must be assented to whether we agree with his theory of Causality or not; hence, instead of the belief in material substance being general (though erroneous), as Mansel admits, it should be absolutely inconceivable that there should be any such substance; inconceivable, also, that there should be any bond of unity or connexion, any groups in fact, of ma terial phenomena. THE E00. In conclusion, I wish to point out one great inconsistency, at least, that Mansel is guilty of in his theory of the Ego. The Ego being, according to him, nothing but consciousness (Metaphyszks, pp. 355, 356), what meaning in his system has the doctrine of Latent Mental Modifications? If our existence and selves are the same as our consciousness, a Latent Mental Modification is a contradiction in termsit is, in fact, a modification of consciousness of...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948491
  • 9781236948496