First And Last Things pdf
First and Last Things is a 1908 work of philosophy by H. G. Wells setting forth his beliefs in four “books” entitled “Metaphysics,” “Of Belief,” “Of General Conduct,” and “Some Personal Things.” Parts of the book were published in the Independent Magazine in July and August 1908. Wells revised the book extensively in 1917, in response to his religious conversion, but later published a further revision in 1929 that restored much of the book to its earlier form. Its main intellectual influences are Darwinism and certain German thinkers Wells had read, such as August Weismann. The pragmatism of William James, who had become a friend of Wells, was also an influence.
First And Last Things Summary
In the first book, Wells emphasizes his skepticism: neither the senses nor the mind can be relied upon uncritically, and “The world of fact is not what it appears to be.” Beliefs are not convictions, but rather positions arrived at “exactly as an artist makes a picture” and are adopted “because I feel a need for them, because I feel an often quite unanalysable rightness in them. . . . My belief in them rests upon the fact that they work for me and satisfy a desire for harmony and beauty.”
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Name Of the Novel: First And Last Things
Author: H. G. Wells
Original title: First and Last Things: A Confession of Faith and a Rule of Life
Country: United Kingdom
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Knickerbocker Press
Publication date: November 1908
Preceded by: New Worlds for Old
Followed by: The War in the Air
Book Type: pdf / ePub
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