Remarks on Swedenborg's Economy of the Animal Kingdom

Remarks on Swedenborg's Economy of the Animal Kingdom

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...comprehends an idea of its universe," (" Animal Kingdom," Vol. I., p. 37, ) so principle is a good expletive for giving expression to many adjectives in the author's writings, as intellectuale, morale, naturale, &c. &c.; the usage of it being justified on the grounds of his special philosophy; and indeed by his own example. t "Animal Kingdom," Vol. II., pp. 382, 383. Almost the same observations apply to the Author's conception of cause. Far from meaning what has no form or quality, (what the common mind never thinks that it knows, and what the learned intellect indeed dreams of apprehending, although without any proof or light to bear witness to the fact, ) Swedenborg uses the term unrestrictedly of the active parts of the bodily organs. Thus the leasts or pori bilarii of the liver are the field of causes or efficients in that organ. And a similar predication applies to the leasts of any universe in the body, every series being a universe relatively to its own unities. For the rule is paramount, "that whatever belongs to the class of causes must be formed organically cause and substance being only different aspects of one scientific truth. As a crowning sample of Swedenborg's scientific use of the terms, principle, cause and effect, take the following from the "Animal Kingdom."f "There are," says he, "three spheres in the living body, one superior, prior and interior to, and simpler than, another, each of which is divided into its regions; namely, a sphere of effects, a sphere of causes, and a sphere of principles. The Sphere Of Effects, which is the lowest or the outermost, properly involves that which is called the body, and comprehends the viscera of-the abdomen and thorax, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236743075
  • 9781236743077