Ideas, or Outlines of a New System of Philosophy Volume 2

Ideas, or Outlines of a New System of Philosophy Volume 2

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...If Mr. Morell is not certain that matter exists externally to the human mind, how can he affirm that there are two distinct sources of the idea of an object--the one in the mind, the other in the external world; or that the matter of a tree is furnished by the external world, whilst the form is given by our understanding? If we cannot possibly assure ourselves that the whole of 'Lectures, ' p. 74. t Ibid., p. 77. a tree is not a simple creation of our own idealistic power, how can we make it a problem to know if half the tree (the form) is given by our mind, whilst the other half (the matter) exists really in an external world? This first objection is of itself unanswerable. The second fallacy in Mr. Morell's doctrine of sensible intuition is the same which I have pointed out in the First Essay. We cannot have the idea of matter without form, because form is not a quality, but one of the unabstractible elements of matter--an absolute condition of its existence. Let Mr. Morell, in support of his arguments, describe to us a fragment, a parcel, or a quantity of matter without form, or even simply demonstrate that we can conceive matter void of form. Let him explain what kind of beauty we can contemplate by gazing at a tree, if it is not in the elegance of its shape; and then we will at once submit and accede to his doctrine. Instead of it being the matter which we first perceive in external objects, it is in reality the form. See p. 48, XVI. Why do we find a difference between a tree and a bird, a bird and a fish, a fish and an orange, an orange and an egg, &c.? The matter of all these objects science demonstrates to be identically the same; and what can be the first thing which makes each of them distinct in our mind, if it is more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236777026
  • 9781236777027