Humanism: Philosophical Essays

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Seite 170 - Des Menschen Tätigkeit kann allzuleicht erschlaffen, Er liebt sich bald die unbedingte Ruh; Drum geb' ich gern ihm den Gesellen zu, Der reizt und wirkt und muß als Teufel schaffen.
Seite xx - There is no possible point of view from which the world can appear an absolutely single fact. Real possibilities, real indeterminations, real beginnings, real ends, real evil, real crises, catastrophes, and escapes, a real God, and a real moral life, just as commonsense conceives these things, may remain in empiricism as conceptions which that philosophy gives up the attempt either to ' overcome' or to reinterpret in monistic form.
Seite 8 - I cannot but conceive the reason as being, like the rest of our equipment, a weapon in the struggle for existence and a means of achieving adaptation. It must follow that the practical use which has developed it, must have stamped itself upon its inmost structure, even if it has not moulded it out of pre-rational instincts. In short, a reason which has not practical value for the purposes of life is a monstrosity, a morbid aberration or failure of adaptation, which natural selection must, sooner...
Seite xxi - is in reality only the application of Humanism to the theory of knowledge'.8 The general need is to re-humanize the universe. Re-humanization of the universe, humanism in other words, demands in the first place a humanization of logic. This demand is in part a protest against the arid subtleties and mental gymnastics 1 A second edition, with the author's name...
Seite 170 - So setzest du der ewig regen, Der heilsam schaffenden Gewalt Die kalte Teufelsfaust entgegen, Die sich vergebens tückisch ballt! Was anders suche zu beginnen, Des Chaos wunderlicher Sohn! MEPHISTOPHELES Wir wollen wirklich uns besinnen, Die nächsten Male mehr davon! Dürft ich wohl diesmal mich entfernen?
Seite xvi - ... which, though not expressly applied to logic, would certainly have been helpful to JS Mill in his endeavour to eliminate necessity from thought. Prof. James's " radical empiricism " has been hailed by Mr. FCS Schiller (in MIND, NS, vol. vi., No. 24) as " a declaration of the independence of the concrete whole of man, with all his passions and emotions unexpurgated, directed against the cramping rules and regulations by which the Brahmins of the academic caste are tempted to impede the free expansion...
Seite 10 - For our interests impose the conditions under which alone Reality can be revealed. Only such aspects of Reality can be revealed as are not merely knowable but as are objects of an actual desire, and consequent attempt, to know. All other realities or aspects of Reality, which there is no attempt to know, necessarily remain unknown, and for us unreal, because there is no one to look for them.
Seite 169 - Ich bin der Geist, der stets verneint! Und das mit Recht; denn alles, was entsteht, Ist wert, daß es zugrunde geht; Drum besser wär's, daß nichts entstünde, So ist denn alles, was ihr Sünde, Zerstörung, kurz das Böse nennt, Mein eigentliches Element.
Seite 245 - Can you say what elements in life (if any) are felt by you to call for its perpetuity? III. Can you state why you feel in this way, as regards questions I. and II.? IV. Do you NOW feel the question of a future life to be of urgent importance to your mental comfort?
Seite 11 - That the Real has a determinate nature which the knowing reveals but does not affect, so that our knowing makes no difference to it, is one of those sheer assumptions which are incapable, not only of proof, but even of rational defence. It is a survival of a crude realism which can be defended only, in a pragmatist manner, on the score of its practical convenience, as an avowed fiction.

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