Path and Goal, a Discussion on the Elements of Civilisation and the Conditions of Happiness

Path and Goal, a Discussion on the Elements of Civilisation and the Conditions of Happiness

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...hand, interposed and said: 'We must indeed deplore Plato's inability to shake off the notion of transmigration, which had become dear to him on account of the wisdom of those from whom he had borrowed it. Yet even that notion influenced his mind beneficially, for it helped him indirectly to develop that theory of Ideas, which is for ever associated with his name, and from which his chief argument in favour of Immortality is also derived'. 'Whatever truth that theory may possess', replied Attinghausen, anxious to maintain his ground against the new and more formidable opponent, 'its extravagances become glaringly manifest when applied to the doctrine we are discussing. For as it compelled Plato to assume a state of existence previous to birth, during which man's mind imbibed the ideas or abstract types of all objects and conceptions of which we realise on earth only the imperfect images, he was led to conclude that all our knowledge is only reminiscence, and that, as it was obtained by the soul before the body was framed," so it will be preserved after the body is dissolved--and is, therefore, imperishable, like the soul itself. You have truly said that this doctrine is Plato's principal support; it is this which both he and his friends incessantly affirm to be incontestable, and on which he throws the whole weight of the final conclusion. But how does he prove that reminiscence? He offers some illustrations. When a man sees a lyre, he "remembers" its owner; or when he sees an acquaintance, he "remembers" this person's friend. Again, when he sees two stones which "aim" at being equalb but fall short of being so, he is reminded of perfect or abstract equality,0 which he finds actually nowhere on earth, and the notion of which he can, therefore, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664396
  • 9781236664396