The Concept of Consciousness

The Concept of Consciousness

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The Concept of Consciousness

The Concept of Consciousness

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In view of the diversity of philosophical essays a writer may well at once say something of his purpose, and of what the human interest of his effort is to be. Pragmatically speaking, one seems to distinguish two kinds of philosophers. There are on the one hand those who, looking on the world about them, the folded earth and the brave canopy of heaven, desire to account for all this and to see behind the maddening variety that unity which something prompts them to believe is there. So sane and wholesome seems this desire, so proper as a philosophic aim, that one could wish all lovers of knowledge passionately possessed of it. But on the other hand one beholds the high pontiffs of philosophy, builders of massive systems, constructing their edifices not as a frugally devised and modest housing for the data of experience, to hold them compact and demonstrate their kinship, but rather as 'a kind of marble temple shining on a hill,' pompous monuments dedicated ostensibly to Academe and Dialectica--but with the pontiff's name engraved not small upon the portal.

So ornate and splendid are these systems of philosophy and so replete with this and that, that a mortal once beguiled by them becomes henceforth a stranger to the . . .

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