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Author: Will Durant
Title: The story of philosophy
Publisher: Simon
Year of Publication: 1926
Type of document: Book

Notes: Book is signed by Will Durant on the first page.

p. 288: This sentence is marked in the margin: "He applied philosophy even to holding up his stockings - by bands passing up into his trousers' pockets, where they ended in springs contained in small boxes."

p. 289: In the phrase "the distorting channels of sense" the word sense is underlined. The sentence following is marked in the margin: "For 'pure' reason is to mean knowledge that does not come through our senses, but is independent of all sense experience; knowledge belonging to us by the inherent nature and structure of the mind."

p. 290: The following sentence is marked in the margin, with an exclamation point along side: "But what if we have knowledge whose truth is certain to us even before experience - a priori?"

p. 293: Portion of a sentence marked in the margin: "only those sensations are selected that can be moulded into perceptions suited to your present purpose, or that bring those imperious messages of danger which are always relevant."

p. 300: This sentence is marked in the margin: "The moral imperative which we need as the basis of religion must be an absolute, a categorical imperative."

p. 302: The start of the paragraph beginning "Notice, meanwhile, that this absolute command..." is marked in the margin.

p. 313: Portion of a sentence appears to be marked in the margin with an "X:" "... and that the mind is no mere helpless tabula rasa, the inactive victim of sensation, but a positive agent, selecting and reconstructing experience as experience arrives."

p. 341: A portion of the following sentence from a quote by Schopenhauer is marked in the margin: "As the human body generally corresponds to the human will generally, so the individual body generally corresponds to the individually modified will, the character of the individual."

p. 350: A portion of the sentence quoted from Schopenhauer that begins "Everyone believes himself a priori to be perfectly free, even in his individual actions..." is marked in the margin. A portion of a sentence from the same quote, ending "... he must carry out the very character which he himself condemns, and as it were, play the part which he has undertaken, to the very end" is also marked in the margin.

p. 382: A portion of the sentence including "... later, the same subject reach the metaphysical stage, and was explained by metaphysical abstractions - as when the stars moved in circles because circles were the most perfect figure..." is marked in the margin.

p. 385: A great portion of the sentence reading "As mathematics had dominated philosophy in the seventeenth century, giving to the world Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, and Pascal; and as psychology had written philosophy in Berkeley and Hume and Condillac and Kant; so in the nineteenth century, in Schilling and Schopenhauer, in Spencer and Neitzsche and Bergson, biology was the background of philosophic thought." is marked in the margin.

p. 398: A portion of the sentence that begins "The growth of planets out of nebulae; the formation of oceans and mountains on the earth; the metabolism of elements by plants, and of animal tissues by men; the development of the heart in the embryo, and the fusion of bones after birth..." is marked in the margin.

p. 419: A portion of the sentence beginning "The professed ethic of Europe and America is a pacifistic Christianity..." may be marked in the margin.

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