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- DescriptionThe original advertisement as printed in The Dial, Volume 56  reads: The truth of the mechanistic principle is here unreservedly ackwledged in this book, without any equivocation or limitation, and it is pointed out that the laws of mechanics apply without exception to all motions; but they do t apply to things that are t motions. The essential features of all higher organic life is the appearance of purpose and the task which the author sets himself is a careful investigation of the problem how purpose is possible in a mechanically regulated world. * * * * * * An excerpt from the beginning of the introductory chapter Mechanicalism And Teleology - A Contrast.. . TWO world-conceptions stand in a strongly marked contrast to each other. One is the mechanistic, the other the teleological, and the struggle between the two is quite severe. It appears that in the combat quarter is r can be given. The former conception is held mostly by scientists, by men of thought who are accustomed to rigid method, by believers in theory; the latter by men of action, by jurists, preachers, moralists, reformers, poets, and all those who deal with the human will in practical life, among them also by sentimentalists, by all those to whom hopes and wishes are arguments. The facts of our experience seem to favor both views in two different realms; the world of inanimate nature is a world of rigid causation where the laws of mechanics rule supreme, but the world of human action seems to make an exception. In the domain of social relations, the will seems to interfere with the mechanical processes of things and a new kind of causation is introduced, the causation of purpose. All mechanicalism means rigid necessity while the causation of purpose is directed by design and provident forethought. All life pursues a purpose; even the smallest ameba wants to live. Its aim is self-preservation, and this tendency to self-preservation characterizes all life. Each living being, the lowest as well as the highest, possesses wants and attends to them. It endeavors to maintain and pre- serve itself and to propagate its kind; even the highest and blest animal, man, can do more, although his self-assertion will aim at the perpetuation of his better self, his ideals.
- Author(s)Paul Carus
- Date of Publication10/09/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight181 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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