Swedenborg's Service to Philosophy

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J. W. Franks and sons, 1891 - 48 pages
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Page 36 - So every spirit, as it is most pure, And hath in it the more of heavenly light, So it the fairer body doth procure To habit in, and it more fairly dight, With cheerful grace and amiable sight. For, of the soul, the body form doth take, For soul is form, and doth the body make.
Page 28 - ... to every eye. The transcendental conception, on the contrary, of all phenomena in space, is a critical warning that nothing which is seen in space is a thing by itself, nor space a form of things supposed to belong to them by themselves, but that objects by themselves are not known to us at all, and that what we call external objects are nothing but representations of our senses, the form of which is space, and the true correlative of which, that is the thing by itself, is not known, nor can...
Page 37 - When we perceive the light that breaks through the visible symbol, What exultation is ours ! We the discovery have made ! Yet is the meaning the same as when Adam lived sinless in Eden, Only long hidden it slept, and now again is revealed.
Page 27 - It is contained immediately in the intuition and representation of time. V. To say that time is infinite means no more than that every definite quantity of time is possible only by limitations of one time which forms the foundation of all times. The original representation of time must therefore be given as unlimited. But when the parts themselves and every quantity of an object can be represented as determined by limitation only, the whole representation cannot be given by concepts (for in that...
Page 37 - Thus doth the lordly sun shine forth a type of the Godhead; Wisdom and love the beams that stream on a darkened world. Thus do the sparkling waters flow, giving joy to the desert, And the fountain of life opens itself to the thirst.
Page 22 - The only thing which cerebral physiology tells us, when studied with the aid of molecular physics, is against the materialist, so far as it goes. It tells us that, during the present life, although thought and feeling are always manifested in connection with a peculiar form of matter, yet by no possibility can thought and feeling be in any sense the products of matter.
Page 37 - ALL things in Nature are beautiful types to the soul that will read them ; Nothing exists upon earth, but for unspeakable ends. Every object that speaks to the senses was meant for the spirit : Nature is but a scroll, — God's handwriting thereon.
Page 37 - Thus does the warm wind breathe like to the Spirit of God, And the green grass and the flowers are signs of the regeneration.
Page 22 - ... no possibility can thought and feeling be in any sense the products of matter. Nothing could be more grossly unscientific than the famous remark of Cabanis that the brain secretes thought as the liver secretes bile. It is not even correct to say that thought goes on in the brain. What goes on in the brain is an amazingly complex series of molecular movements with which thought and feeling are in some unknown way correlated, not as effects or as causes, but as concomitants.
Page 8 - Emerson cannot, I think, be called with justice a great philosophical writer. He cannot build; his arrangement of philosophical ideas has no progress in it, no evolution; he does not construct a philosophy.

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