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. 1856 Excerpt: ...an element that asserts its natural superiority above the rest, took, without much difficulty, the form of a supposition that the higher ...
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. 1856 Excerpt: ...an element that asserts its natural superiority above the rest, took, without much difficulty, the form of a supposition that the higher element was essentially removed from the sphere of change and decay; the easy and obvious analysis by which the bodily sensations, passions, and affections, were detached from the power of contemplation and the originating principle of motion, would help to define and distinguish the opposite members of the combination; and when the conception had been thus cleared, the very misfortunes, infirmities, and diseases, of the inferior element would heighten the contrast, and lead the mind to dwell with pleasurable pride upon that glorious principle for which, at length, no merely created origin would seem adequate to account. Men of reflexion and virtue, anxious Lect. IV. to impress moral principles upon society, would--look with favour upon everything which tended to exalt the rational principle above that of mere desire, and on which a scheme of moral discipline or purification could be so readily grafted. Indeed it may be doubted whether the strange-why u au -, .. _ doctrine re ness and improbability of this hypothesis of Pre"'a'" existence among ourselves (omitting now the notion prehauiont of absolute sempiternity), arises after all from grounds on which our philosophy has reason to congratulate itself highly. It may be questioned whether, if we examine ourselves candidly, we shall not discover, that the feeling of absolute extravagance with which it affects us, has its secret source in materialist or semi-materialist prejudices, and that we believe the thinking principle cannot have existed before its bodily apparatus, because we strongly suspect that in some unknown way out of the bodily apparatus it arises...
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Near Fine with no dust jacket. Volume 2 only; Works in Ancient Philosophy; Vol. 2; 446 pages; Butler's lectures were praised for their wide understanding of the subject matter and their eloquence. This authoritative history of ancient philosophy remains an important and valuable resource for all scholars of the history of ancient philosophy.
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