The Theological and Miscellaneous Works. Ed. with Notes by John Towill Rutt Volume 3

The Theological and Miscellaneous Works. Ed. with Notes by John Towill Rutt Volume 3

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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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...mounted in the most exact accord of parts to parts, and as endowed with the greatest energetic powers of which body is susceptible. It is thus rendered a fit habitation for a substance simple and highly active, as is the soul. " The soul as a superior being, must have additionally other superior attributes, some of which may be roused into action by the impulse of an inferior agent, the body, whilst the more eminent, (though not, from the pre-established laws of union independent in their operations, ) are, however, out of the reach of any immediate and direct bodily action. Thus will the various mental powers be progressively brought into action, and man will feel, will perceive, will think, and will reason, just as the respective operative causes exert their influence., " In the system of occasional causes (wherein all matter is supposed to be passive and lifeless, and wherein even the soul itself, though said to be active, never acts, ) the Deity is introduced as the only mover and real Agent, but is represented, as ever determined to act by the view of the different states in which he himself has placed the external beings. The doctrine of physical influence is, in my opinion, the only philosophical notion. Here the two substances mutually act and re-act upon each other." I do not imagine that the more acute immaterialists wili think themselves under any obligation to this defender of their principles, either for giving spirit such inferior qualities as are not unalliable with the more exalted species of matter, or for enduing matter with that active power, which is generally thought peculiar to spirit; because, in fact, this hypothesis entirely confounds the two substances, and lays a foundation for the grossest...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236941519
  • 9781236941510