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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 2, Chapter 4 The Man of Two Minds, Section 4 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 2, Chapter 4 The Man of Two Minds, Section 4 Summary

Henry wrote many newspaper columns and books, many of which were published because of a donation to the newspaper or because Henry Sr. self-published. He preached free love and stated there was no room for morality. These statements were used later to promote promiscuity, and Henry Sr. had to explain them in a better way. He stated that prior to marriage, free love is not a problem, but after marriage, the man should only rely on his wife's virtues. His religious beliefs made women and blacks inferior to white males. He refused to become an abolitionist because they viewed slavery as an institution.

Henry Sr. was a Platonist and believed in the invisible and visible worlds of Swedenborgism. The only issue he had with Swedenborgism was the belief in...

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