Life and the Soul. Biology and Transcendentalism. [2 Lects.]

Life and the Soul. Biology and Transcendentalism. [2 Lects.]

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... has come to us from education. If that belief result from an organic instinct, however, if it be constitutional, then it means much, and more than much. 4. The dulness of these instincts in a few low races, or in poorly "Natural Theology," chap. 18. developed individuals, does not disprove the proposition, that admiration for the beautiful, and curiosity as to the relations of cause and effect, are constitutional in man. 5. So the occasional feebleness of the expectation of existence after death does not show that it is not an organic or constitutional instinct. 6. This instinct appears in the natural operations of conscience, which anticipates personal punishment or reward in an existence beyond death. You desire incisive proof that we have a constitutional anticipation of something beyond the veil; but can you look into Shakspeare's mirror of the inner man, and not see case after case of the action of that constitutional expectation? Shakspeare's delineations are philosophically as unpartisan and as exact as those of a mirror. Is it not the immemorial proverb of all great poetry, as well as of all profound philosophy, that there is something that makes cowards of us all as we draw near to death, and that this something is not physical pain, but a Somewhat behind the veil? Death would have little terror if its pains were physical and intellectual only. There is an instinctive action of the moral sense by which we anticipate that there are events to come after death, and that these will concern us most closely. Bishop Butler, in his famous "Sermons on Conscience," has no more incisive passage than that in which he declares that " conscience, unless forcibly stopped, magisterially exerts itself, and always goes on...
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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684906X
  • 9781236849069