I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before--a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy
After much debate, they concluded unanimously, that I was only RELPLUM SCALCATH, which is interpreted literally LUSUS NATURAE; a determination exactly agreeable to the modern philosophy
of Europe, whose professors, disdaining the old evasion of occult causes, whereby the followers of Aristotle endeavoured in vain to disguise their ignorance, have invented this wonderful solution of all difficulties, to the unspeakable advancement of human knowledge.
Some day, when you are tired of London, come down to Treadley and expound to me your philosophy
of pleasure over some admirable Burgundy I am fortunate enough to possess.
As to the other sciences, inasmuch as these borrow their principles from philosophy
, I judged that no solid superstructures could be reared on foundations so infirm; and neither the honor nor the gain held out by them was sufficient to determine me to their cultivation: for I was not, thank Heaven, in a condition which compelled me to make merchandise of science for the bettering of my fortune; and though I might not profess to scorn glory as a cynic, I yet made very slight account of that honor which I hoped to acquire only through fictitious titles.
In vain I sought to hear of Typee and those paradise islands, but he preferred to pour forth his philosophy
and his theories of life.
It is true, that a little philosophy
inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy
bringeth men's minds about to religion.
It appears that, after having tasted astrology, philosophy
, architecture, hermetics,--all vanities, he returned to tragedy, vainest pursuit of all.
He had read somewhere that every man was born a Platonist, an Aristotelian, a Stoic, or an Epicurean; and the history of George Henry Lewes (besides telling you that philosophy
was all moonshine) was there to show that the thought of each philospher was inseparably connected with the man he was.
I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy
are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched.
And so for history, the insoluble mystery presented by the incompatibility of free will and inevitability does not exist as it does for theology, ethics, and philosophy
And certainly there is much in the book, thus effectively presented to the English reader, to attract those who interest themselves in the study of the finer types of human nature, of literary expression, of metaphysical and practical philosophy
; to attract, above all, those interested in such philosophy
, at points where it touches upon questions of religion, and especially at the present day.
What he heard was no longer the philosophy
of the dry, printed word, written by half-mythical demigods like Kant and Spencer.