The Presbyterian Review Volume 8

The Presbyterian Review Volume 8

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...agreement with the speculative Idealism of the followers of Kant. Here, at the close ot the investigation, speculation is accorded the lull rights which were denied it at the beginning. This appears, for example, in the theory that the spiritual consists purely in activity as opposed to every theory of spiritual substance. There is as much reality as there is actuality. Hence the Will of the community, the Will of the state, indeed, every form of universal will to which that of the individual stands related and to the imperatives of whose laws it is subject, possesses just as much reality as the individual personality itself--a view of things which, as Wundt claims, finds its legitimate conclusion in the religious conception of God as the creative Will of the world, who is at once individual Will and Universal Will (p. 397). It may seem to some that Wundt's form of the actuality-hypothesis, while avoiding the materialistic implications of the term substance, tends, on its part, to an abstraction. An activity can no more exist without an agent than an agent without an activity. Reality consists ever in concrete relations. So of the universal will and the individual will; neither exists apart. Wundt, at any rate, is no materialist. Those who may still suppose that physiological psychology necessarily leads to Materialism may find instruction in the remarks of this foremost representative of the science under "spiritual and mechanical causality" in the present volume (pp. 402-11). And it is greatly to Wundt's credit that he has been able to so far transcend the atomistic tendency of the empirical method which he everywhere follows as to recognize the reality and the importance of the universal element in our spiritual experiences. Has he...
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 9781236509529