The Individual: A Study of Life and Death

The Individual: A Study of Life and Death

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The Individual: A Study of Life and Death

The Individual: A Study of Life and Death

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The matter of death has been the subject of endless consideration. From the time men began to think at all, the question of their passing has been uppermost in their thought. The certainty of it has affected every life; has shaped our societies and religions; indeed has made life what it is. So far, however, this matter of death has received little deliberate attention. The phenomena connected with it have been well described. The problems of natural selection and of evolution have called attention to the results which come from the temporary quality of the individual, but they have not led to any extended interest in the relation of the ephemeral nature of the individual to the other individualities of the universe and to the method of its organization.

In the following chapters I propose to approach the question of death from the point of view of its natural history, noting, in the first place, how the higher organic individuals are related to those of the . . .

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