5 edition of Critical account of the philosophy of Lotze found in the catalog.
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|Pagination||xvi, 124 p. :|
|Number of Pages||87|
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Before he could proceed to his main endeavor, and give a metaphysical account of the nature of Reality, it seemed to him necessary to clear the ground of false pretensions set up for thought, partly by the scientific men of his day but mainly by Hegel and his followers. Some of these powers, such as sensation and perception, furnish thought with its material or content; and others, such as " faith," or "the feeling which is appreciative of worth," provide it with its ideal, its impulse, and its criterion, and they give the only guarantee of the validity of its conclusions.
Besides thinking, there are feeling and volition, elements of mind neither less original nor less essential than thought. That ideal representation of reality we call truth; but the word of truth, though it may- correspond to the real universe, does not constitute it or any part of it.
Nor are real things in any way responsible for them, for they take no part in their creation. Things do not -conceive, nor enter into classes, nor range themselves as subjects and predicates, premises, and conclusions. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. That exposition forms, for Lotze, a part of a larger undertaking. It does not constitute reality but represents it — more or less inaccurately.
It is a world of ideas, and not a world of things. Lotze, therefore, subjects thought to a most searching analysis, with a view of discovering what in reality is its nature and what, if any, are the limits of its powers.
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When thus provided with the material on which it has to operate, and with the ideal which it has to realize, thought can rearrange the given data in accordance with general laws, grouping the phenomena of experience in classes, and connecting them in an order of sequence or simultaneity which is necessary.
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