British Thought and Thinkers: Introductory Studies, Critical, Biographical and Philosophical

British Thought and Thinkers: Introductory Studies, Critical, Biographical and Philosophical

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British Thought and Thinkers: Introductory Studies, Critical, Biographical and Philosophical

British Thought and Thinkers: Introductory Studies, Critical, Biographical and Philosophical

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SCHOPENHAUER made a familiar thought famous by putting it in a simple but striking and epigrammatic form. Die Welt ist meine Vorstellung, said he. The world is for me an idea. It is a representation in my mind. To how many of us has not this thought occurred, with something of a dazing, dreamy effect, as we have mused on the complete dependence of our idea of the universe, or all that therein may be, on our own minds! I can remember how, as a mere boy, more than once, in an evening reverie, an experience somewhat in. this vein came to me. All my boyish ideas of things seemed, as pure creations of my own fancy, to melt away, and there remained, as the whole sum and substance of the universe, only the abstract, but otherwise empty and uninstructive, and, by any law of sufficient reason, inexplicable, necessity of being, plus a dull, confused, and yet thoroughly unique, and for this reason indescribable, sensation, as of a chaos of shapeless elements, moving noiselessly among each other -- a plenum of scarcely greater value than . . .

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