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Greek Thinkers: A History of Ancient Philosophy, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint)
Spanish Jesuit, Jose dA costa, closes his account of a certain belief held by the Indians of Peru, with the remark that it approximates in some measure to the Platonic doctrine of ideas. The belief to which he refers has also been met with among the Indians of North America ;here, again, the Abbe Laffiteau fdetected points of agreement with Plato. The...
Spanish Jesuit, Jose dA costa, closes his account of a certain belief held by the Indians of Peru, with the remark that it approximates in some measure to the Platonic doctrine of ideas. The belief to which he refers has also been met with among the Indians of North America ;here, again, the Abbe Laffiteau fdetected points of agreement with Plato. The inhabitants of theS amoan I slands, and lastly, the Finns, present us with additional examples of the same mode of thought, the essence of which may be stated as follows :T he occurrence in nature of numberless groups of similar objects, particularly animal and vegetable species, requires an explanation ;this is afforded by the assumption of a primary entity or archetype, whose relation to the corresponding objects is variously conceived. Sometimes it appears as a kind of elder and bigger brother; sometimes it is a pattern, residing in the world of spirit ;or, again, it may be a god or a genius dwelling on some distant star, to whose influence particular objects owe their origin and their continuance. This tendency of the human mind to refer the perpetual Born 1540, died 1599. tL ied 1755.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
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