Matter and Spirit: A Study of Mind and Body in Their Relation to the Spiritual Life

Matter and Spirit: A Study of Mind and Body in Their Relation to the Spiritual Life

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Matter and Spirit: A Study of Mind and Body in Their Relation to the Spiritual Life

Matter and Spirit: A Study of Mind and Body in Their Relation to the Spiritual Life

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The principal excuse for a new book on the eternal problem of matter and mind is just the fact that the problem is eternal. And not only is it eternal: it is so complex that there is no end of illuminating ways in which it may be presented. A further excuse, if it be needed, is to be found in the many new attitudes toward the question which contemporary thought has suggested. A fairly rapid survey of the various answers, old and new, which have been given to our question--a bird's eye view, so to speak, of this ancient problem in its modern setting--seems to be called for by the times in which we live. The need for such a review becomes more patent the moment one stops to consider the absolutely central place of the mind-body problem in metaphysical speculation, and the fundamental nature of metaphysics in knowledge and in life. If we knew just how mind affects body and how body affects mind we should have the clew to many a philosophical riddle, and a clew that would give us much-needed guidance not only in philosophy but in many a . . .

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