The Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Vol.VII

The Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Vol.VII

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: of Allegory and all sensuous embodiment of ideas; First Principles--Nothing can come from Nothing, Matter Eternal, the Atom and the Void. Repudiation of Heraclitus and his doctrine of Fire or the Principle of Energy or Force, the Infinitude of Space, &c. Book II: Atoms--their form, number and development into life and sensation; growth and decay. Book III: Soul and Body Inseparable; no Immortality--Consolations thereon. Book IV: The Senses, their perception explained by image-: Sleep. Dreams, and Love. Book V: the most poetic book because it deal-with organic wholes Origin of the World and Rise of Human Institutions. Book VI: Natural Phenomena. Meteoric and Geologic. And yet these prosy topics are so illuminated with wit and satire, and elevated by the snblimest imagery, that (bey become very attractive. Demoeritus and Epicurus find in Lucretius their surest hold on immortality. But why should one speak of immortality in this connection' The soul dies with the body, he tells us. That psychological phase of thinking wherein the theory of Atoms is relied upon to explain the universe has been much investigated by modern German philosophers. It is found to succeed the first stages of sensuous perception. Experience having taught us that what lies immediately before us is in a process of constant change, we seek to explain it by positing atoms behind it--small enough to be invisible, themselves unchangeable in shape and size, the variations in the world perceived being due to their change in position and arrangement. But this theory removes from each atom all trace of self-determining force. Each atom must be moved from without. Each atom being the minimum particle of matter and practically indivisible and impenetrable, it cannot originate motion....
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  • English
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  • 9781236668141