The Wonders of Life

A Popular Study of Biological Philosophy

Author: Ernst Haeckel
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 147,760 / 472 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42
Downloads: 1,322
Added to site: 2014.08.22
mnybks.net#: 31696
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Philosophy
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ith what have been called "the seven great cosmic problems," and in the twelfth chapter I endeavored to show that they may all be reduced to one final "problem of substance," or one great "riddle of the universe." The general formulation of this problem is effected by blending the two chief cosmic laws--the chemical law of the constancy of matter (Lavoisier, 1789), and the physical law of the constancy of force (Robert Mayer, 1842). This monistic association of the two fundamental laws, and establishment of the unified law of substance, has met with a good deal of agreement, but also with some opposition; but the most violent attacks were directed against my monistic theory of knowledge, or against the method I followed in seeking to solve the riddle of the universe. The only paths which I had recognized as profitable were those of experience and thought--or empirical knowledge and speculation. I had insisted that these two methods supplemented each other, and that they alone, under the direction of reason, l

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