Plato as an introduction to modern criticism of life

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byEmil Reich

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V We are now approaching a subject the discussion of which makes one tremble, for each one of us is quite convinced that he or she has no passions; and if such things exist we imagine that they are of so low a character that they should be despised and crushed out of our existence. And yet there is no denying the fact that there is not one of us who is not moved by one or other passion; in fact, all the great things of history, every great thing in life, and, lastly, we ourselves are all the outcome of passion. There are in this country forty-three millions of islands, and in each one of these islands there is a volcano. We are the islands, and in each one of us there is that volcanic passion which is ever being kindled in some form or other, suppress it as we will. There is no living being anywhere who is not so moved by the passions. It may be a passion which is expressed, or, if unexpressed, then perhaps it is the more potent and withal a latent volcano. In these circumstances it becomes an imperative necessity for us to know what are these passions. It will be good for us to be generally interested in them; to try and define their roots and their effects, and not to condemn them as too low to be mentioned; as if it were something to be ashamed of and to be discouraged, but certainly not to be discussed. Those philosophers who have written on the subject have slurred over it, and have left us altogether in the lurch as to the true meaning of, and the advisability of having, passions. They have all had them, whether they recognized the fact or not; and some have gone through great tragedies of life, at the very root of which lies passion. But when it comes to the writing of books, the subject of passions is treated in the same way as the writing...

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V We are now approaching a subject the discussion of which makes one tremble, for each one of us is quite convinced th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021793885X

ISBN - 13:9780217938853

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