Beacon Lights of History, Volume 14 eBook

John Lord
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Constructs a philosophical system in harmony with the theory of evolution.

Birth, parentage, and early career.

Scheme of his system of Synthetic Philosophy.

His “Facts and Comments;” views on party government, patriotism, and style.

His religious attitude that of an agnostic.

The doctrine of the Unknowable and the knowable.

“First Principles;” progress of evolution in life, mind, society, and morality.

The relations of matter, motion, and force.

“Principles of Biology;” the data of; the development hypothesis.

The evolutionary hypothesis versus the special creation hypothesis; arguments.

Causes and interpretation of the evolution phenomena.

Development as displayed in the structures and functions of individual organisms.

“Principles of Psychology;” the evolution of mind and analysis of mental states.

“Principles of Sociology;” the adaptation of human nature to the social state.

Evolution of governments, political and ecclesiastical; industrial organizations.

Qualifications; Nature’s plan an advance, and again a retrogression.

Social evolution; equilibriums between constitution and conditions.

Assisted by others in the collection, but not the systemization, of his illustrative material.

“Principles of Ethics;” natural basis for; secularization of morals.

General inductions; his “Social Statics”.

Relations of Mr. Spencer and Mr. Darwin to the thought of the Nineteenth


His place in modern science.

By Mayo W. Hazeltine.

The Darwinian hypothesis a rational and widely accepted explanation of the genesis of organic life on the earth.

Darwin; birth, parentage, and education.

Naturalist on the voyage of the “Beagle”.

His work on “Coral Reefs” and the “Geology of South America”.

Observations and experiments on the transmutation of species.

Contemporaneous work on the same lines by Alfred R. Wallace.

“The Origin of Species” (1859).

His “Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication” (1868).

“The Descent of Man” (1871).

On the “Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals” (1872).

“Fertilization of Orchids” (1862), “The Effects of Cross and Self-Fertilization” (1876), and “The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms” (1881).

Ill-health, death, and burial.

Personality, tastes, and mental characteristics.

His beliefs and agnostic attitude toward religion.

His prime postulate, that species have been modified during a long course of descent.

Antagonistic views on the immutability of species.

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