Short Studies On Great Subjects (volume 1) by James Anthony FroudeShort Studies On Great Subjects (volume 1) by James Anthony Froude

Short Studies On Great Subjects (volume 1)

byJames Anthony Froude

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ANNALS OF AN ENGLISH ABBEY. I. Human History, say the philosophers, is the evolution of events which lie already in their causes, as the properties of geometrical figures lie in the scientific definition of those figures. The qualities which Euclid proves to belong to the circle, exist in the circle eternally. There is no before and no after, and the sense of sequence is only in the successive steps by which proposition after proposition is made known to the limited understanding of man. In like manner the unnumbered multitude of living things, the animated throng of beings which fill the air, and crowd the water and the earth, lie potentially in the elemental germs out of which they seem to be developed; and the life of the individual man, the long sequel of the acts and fortunes of his race, and all that he has done and is to do, till the type is exhausted and gives place to other combinations, is governed by laws as inherent and as necessary as those through which the mathematician develops his inferences from the equation of an ellipse. Were the equation of man constructed out of elements as few and simple, we should know all that has been, and all that is to be, without moving from our library chairs;. but with the knowledge we should lose the uncertainty which gives life its purpose and its interest. The pleasure of existence depends upon its anxieties, and if we are indeed but the automata spiritualia which Leibnitz defines us to be, then, of all the gifts which God has bestowed upon us, the choicest is the trick which He has played upon our understandings--which makes the certain appear as uncertain, which cheats us with the belief that the future is in our hands, to mould either for good or ill. Of the dynamic forces of humanity the most powerful is for...

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Title:Short Studies On Great Subjects (volume 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217048412

ISBN - 13:9780217048415

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