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The Riddle of the Universe at the Close of the Nineteenth Century


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108000895

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  • Originally trained as a physician, the biologist and thinker Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919), was an evolutionist who remained sceptical of natural selection. This book, which first appeared in German in 1899, sold 10,000 copies in its first few months and was published in an English translation the following year. In the preface, Haeckel applauds the technological progress of the nineteenth century, but bemoans the lack of communication between empirical scientists and abstract philosophers in the search for truth. The book carefully outlines Haeckel's monistic philosophy and ethics, which he sees as the key to human progress. Its twenty chapters cover anthropology, psychology, cosmology and theology, ranging from the embryology of the soul to a debate on Christianity and science. Haeckel's philosophy attracted a sizeable following for several decades, and it remains of interest to historians working on the reception of Darwinism as well as on its appropriation into Nazi ideology.

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108000895
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Author's preface
    1. The nature of the problem
    2. Our bodily frame
    3. Our life
    4. Our embryonic development
    5. The history of our species
    6. The nature of the soul
    7. Psychic gradations
    8. The embryology of the soul
    9. The phylogeny of the soul
    10. Consciousness
    11. The immortality of the soul
    12. The law of substance
    13. The evolution of the world
    14. The unity of nature
    15. God and the world
    16. Knowledge and belief
    17. Science and Christianity
    18. Our monistic religion
    19. Our monistic ethics
    20. Solution of the world-problem

  • Author

    Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel


    Joseph McCabe

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