Metaphysic, in Three Books, Ontology, Cosmology, and Psychology Volume 2
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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... number would be due merely to a defect in us. It would not be a fault on their side, or inconsistent with their reality. 236. The progress of observation has led us to the conviction that the formation of the earth's crust took place gradually, and that organic life could not have existed throughout the stages of this process in its present state. This imposes on us the necessity of attempting to show how the forms of life at present existing were developed out of earlier and simpler ones. In the heat of the controversy on this subject, care should have been taken not to confuse two questions which ought to be separated. Only one of them belongs to Metaphysic, that, viz. as to the determining principles which have been active throughout the course of this development. I feel all the less inducement tomake any addition to the rapidly increasing literature which the discussion of this question has called forth, inasmuch as, before this controversy had begun to rage, I endeavoured to bring together whatever seemed to admit of being saidj with any claim to respect, in favour of explaining all cases of adaptation as due to a fortuitous concourse of accidents, a view which has a recognised place in the History of Philosophy. In the second chapter of the fourth book of the Microcosmus, I treated expressly of this derivation of the Cosmos from Chaos, and I cannot convince myself that the more recent arguments from the same point of view add anything of importance to those well-known ones of former times which are there mentioned. I content myself with referring to what I then said in regard to the details of the question. My conviction on the matter as a whole needs not again to be stated here. The controversy will become milder with time; at...
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