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Rudolf Eucken and the Spiritual Life free pdf Excerpt from Rudolf Eucken and the Spiritual Life The reaction against the materialism of the last half century has found an energetic supporter in the Professor of Philosophy of Jena University, Rudolf Eucken, who is proclaiming over three continents-directly or through his students - that the corner-stone of all philosophical thought and the axiom of axioms is the fact of a world-embracing spiritual life. "So ist der Angel -punkt aller philosophischen Betrachtung und das Axiom der Axiome die Tatsache eines weltumspannenden Geisteslebens." Eucken will not accept any spiritualistic system already propounded. He rejects Scholasticism on many grounds, the most oft repeated being that of naiveti, and challenges its advocates, if they still hold it to be the "one permanent foundation of the search after truth," to prove their position. He has brought forward a new theory, which he has named Acheiem, proposing therein new conceptions of the spiritual and of truth and a new method of reaching both. A close study of Eucken's philosophy has convinced us that it does not offer a rational interpretation of the universe. Eucken insists on the practical and moral sides of philosophy, laying special stress on the necessity for action, but, claiming that his aim Ls pedagogical, not speculative, he has left us with irreconcilable contradictions. On the one hand the advocate of Activism rises to a sublime height of moral eloquence, on the other he gives an exposition of the Supreme Spiritual Being which destroys the basis of morality. He asserts emphatically the unchangeableness of truth, yet states that he is "at one with the main atmosphere of Pragmatism." Hence his system contains elements which are essentially incompatible. His antagonism to Catholic philosophy, and in particular to the Scholastic theory, seems to be the main cause of this result. He has, in fact, been caught on the horns of his own "Entweder-Oder." Either, acknowledging the truth of the spiritual life, Eucken must acknowledge the grounds on which it rests, Or, denying the grounds, he must, thereby, deny the possibility of a philosophy of the spiritual - and even of the existence of a spiritual reality. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Margaret Mary Macswiney
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331663725
EAN : 9781331663720
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Number of Pages : 182 pages
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