Things and species lost their boundaries, and none could say where they began or where they ended. The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men.
It is a must read for all those who enjoy philosophy, mysticism, and logic. The first kind of knowledge may be said to stop at the relative; the second, in those cases where it is possible, to attain the absolute. His next step will be to draw the conclusion, that the sun is the author of the seasons and the years, and the guardian of all things in the visible world, and in a manner the cause of all those things which he and his companions used to see.
Bergson maintains that intellect can only deal with things in so far as they resemble what has been experienced in the past, while intuition has the power of apprehending the uniqueness and novelty that always belong to each fresh moment.
The predominant interest of evolutionism is in the question of human destiny, or at least of the destiny of Life. Astronomy, for example, was studied because men believed in astrology: The second neither depends on a point of view nor relies on any symbol.
Indeed, his work is some of the most accessible of the important philosophical musings of recent times. TIME top The unreality of time is a cardinal doctrine of many metaphysical systems, often nominally based, as already by Parmenides, upon logical arguments, but originally derived, at any rate in the founders of new systems, from the certainty which is born in the moment of mystic insight.
The best instance of it, according to him, is our acquaintance with ourselves; yet self-knowledge is proverbially rare and difficult.
It is true that a scientific determinism alone might have inspired the statement: Where instinct is least liable to error is in practical matters as to which right judgment is a help to survival: Russell was a heralded British philosopher, historian and mathematician, as well as a well-published author, and is considered one of the great minds of the 20th century.
The hen with a brood of ducklings no doubt has intuition which seems to place her inside them, and not merely to know them analytically; but when the ducklings take to the water, the whole apparent intuition is seen to be illusory, and the hen is left helpless on the shore.
It is greater, as a rule, in children than in adults, in the uneducated than in the educated. A truly scientific philosophy will be more humble, more piece meal, more arduous, offering less glitter of outward mirage to flatter fallacious hopes, but more indifferent to fate, and more capable of accepting the world without the tyrannous imposition of our human and temporary demands.
It is only so that we can account for the complacency with which philosophers have accepted the inconsistency of their doctrines with all the common and scientific facts which seem best established and most worthy of belief.
Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays is one of the great philosophical works of modern times. The paradoxes apparently proved by his logic are really the paradoxes of mysticism, and are the goal which he feels his logic must reach if it is to be in accordance with insight. But in fact the opposition of instinct and reason is mainly illusory.
In Plato, this impulse is less prominent, being held in check by his theory of ideas; but it reappears, so far as his logic permits, in the doctrine of the primacy of the Good. I have it, he replied. Often, beliefs which have no real connection with this moment become subsequently attracted into the central nucleus; thus in addition to the convictions which all mystics share, we find, in many of them, other convictions of a more local and temporary character, which no doubt become amalgamated with what was essentially mystical in virtue of their subjective certainty.Find Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Russell, Bertrand at Biblio.
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MYSTICISM AND LOGIC AND OTHER ESSAYS _LONDON_ GEORGE ALLEN & UNWIN LTD RUSKIN HOUSE MUSEUM STREET MYSTICISM AND LOGIC AND OTHER ESSAYS BY BERTRAND RUSSELL _The ABC of Relativity_ _The Analysis of Matter_ _Human Society in Ethics and Politics_ _The Impact of Science on Society_. Chapter 1 Mysticism and Logic Metaphysics,ortheattempttoconceivetheworldasawholebymeans ofthought,hasbeendeveloped,fromthefirst,bytheunionandconflict.
10 brilliant essays by a Nobel Prize-winning philosopher challenge romantic mysticism and promote a scientific view of society and nature.
Russell explains his theory of logical atomism in these witty, cogent writings, which include popular treatments of religious and educational issues as well as more technical examinations of problems of logic.
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Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell I. Mysticism and Logic. II. The Place of Science in a Liberal Education by the union and conflict of two very different human impulses, the one urging men towards mysticism, the other urging them towards.Download