Microcosmus: An Essay Concerning Man and His Relation to the World, Volume 1

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Page 157 - What a being appears to itself to be is not the important point ; if it can appear anyhow to itself, or other things to it, it must be capable of unifying manifold phenomena in an absolute...
Page 358 - Lotze refers when he finds himself " constrained to conceive extended matter as a system of unextended beings that, by their forces, fix one another's position in space, and by the resistance which they offer — as if to the intrusion of a stranger — to any attempt to make them change their place, produce the phenomena of impenetrability, and the continuous occupation of space.
Page viii - If the object of all human investigation were to produce in cognition a reflection of the world as it exists, of what value would be all its labour and pains, which could result only in vain repetition, in an imitation within the soul of that which exists without it ? What significance could there be in this barren rehearsal — what should oblige thinking minds to be mere mirrors of that which does not think, unless the discovery of truth were in all cases likewise the production of some good, valuable...
Page xvi - ... how absolutely universal is the extent and at the same time how completely subordinate the significance of the mission which mechanism has to fulfill in the structure of the world.
Page 389 - That will last for ever which on account of its excellence and its spirit must be an abiding part of the order of the universe ; what lacks that preserving worth will perish.
Page 592 - It is, to say the least, an interesting notion of Lotze l that whenever we bring a foreign body in contact with the skin, the consciousness of our personal existence is prolonged into the extremities and surfaces of this foreign body. According to him a tall head-dress is worn preferably because it lengthens our own "personality," producing the pleasing illusion that we ourselves extend up to that point.
Page 263 - Among all the errors of the human mind it has always seemed to me the strangest that it could come to doubt its own existence, of which alone it has direct experience, or to take it at second hand as the product of an external Nature which we know only indirectly, only by means of the knowledge of the very mind to which we would fain deny existence BOOK III.
Page 324 - ... being taken up into a world of thought, and estimated at the value belonging to it in the rational connection of things.
Page 154 - We come to understand the connection of our inner life only by referring all its events to our ego, lying unchanged alike beneath its simultaneous variety and its temporal succession.
Page 327 - Such a theory would simply contain many repetitions of the same supposition that we make once. If every several atom of the cerebral mass is capable of retaining without confusion numberless impressions, why should the soul alone, like the atom a simple being, be incapable of doing so ? Why should it alone not possess the faculty of memory and recollection in itself without the aid of a corporeal organ, when we have to concede that faculty directly and without the mediation of a new instrument to...

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