Proceedings of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool, During the Eightieth Session, 1890-91, Vol. 45 (Classic Reprint)

Proceedings of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool, During the Eightieth Session, 1890-91, Vol. 45 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Proceedings of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool, During the Eightieth Session, 1890-91, Vol. 45 A more practical German leader, who, next to Karl Marx, did most to influence the rise of German Socialism, was Ferdinand Lassalle. He is chiefly known to English readers through the Tragic Comedians, in which George Meredith has told the story of his last days and violent death. He wrote a monumental work entitled Das System der Erworbenen Rechte, or The System of Acquired Rights. Unfortunately, Lassalle died comparatively young, having been killed in a duel. Prince Bismark, the great founder of the German Empire, and, indirectly, the present intelligent and well-meaning ruler of the German people as well, admits that he was not a little influenced by his contact with Lassalle. Ferdinand Lassalle adduces no vain theories without endeavouring as far as possible to give satisfactory reasons for his views, and points out how they may be carried out in practice. He argues his position step by step, and always commands respect for his keen and logical conclusions. He is not disrespectful to healthy ancient institutions he tries to discover how these can be dovetailed into a new state of affairs sympathetic with the objects of the great wage-earning masses of the German people. He, however, left his work more than half un finished, and, although he wrote upwards of twenty different treatises, still he was at the mere inception of a probably brilliant career. In themany attempts of the ex-chancellor to legislate for the benefit of the German operative classes, Bismark frequently quotes the opinions of Ferdinand Las salle. There seems a golden thread running throughout Lassalle's arguments - that mankind have hitherto wasted too much time upon metaphysical questions of another world, neglecting the imperative requirements of physical life upon this planet; that holy men have too much worried themselves about the future spiritual condition of mankind. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 322g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 6 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243081634
  • 9780243081639