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Scientific fact and metaphysical reality (1904) PDF book by Robert Brandon Arnold

Scientific fact and metaphysical reality (1904) PDF book by Robert Brandon Arnold

Scientific fact and metaphysical reality

Contents

Science and metaphysics.--Forms of mental apprehension.--Physical individuation.--The principle of life.--Formation of mind.--Psychophysical interaction.--Mind in man.--The ideal instincts.--Ether, matter, and mind.--God and the absolute.--Appendix on Haekel

Excerpt
The main object of this work may be described as the furtherance of efforts to bring the developments of science into touch with the point of view of metaphysical thinking. It seems that the present divergence of opinion as to the nature of the universe as a whole is partly due to the very fact that the development of scientific specialism has greatly increased the number of intellectual men. But this tends to produce a separation between those who have the most accurate knowledge of certain types of facts and others who from their training are especially competent to interpret the facts in their relative importance and from a point of view adequate to their nature as a whole.

 For we may define metaphysics as the theory of existence as a whole, as contrasted with the scientific investigations which deal with the world in detail. Thus a full knowledge of the functions of all the separate organs of the body would give us no hint as to the direction of its next movement as a whole, which we vaguely, in popular language, describe as controlled by " mind." The present work deliberately introduces concrete details and illustrations derived from science, but no fact is considered except with reference to its bearing on some metaphysical problem. We attempt to be scientific in letter and detail, but metaphysical in spirit and interpretation.

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