Still, what strengthened both tendencies was that metaphysical prejudice for the "Absolute," the false intellectual conscience.
There, again, is the constitutional shrinking, through a kind of metaphysical prejudice, from the concrete--that fear of the actual--in this case, of the Church of history; to which the admissions, which form so large a part of these volumes, naturally lead.
Abstractions such as 'authority,' 'equality,' 'utility,' 'liberty,' 'pleasure,' 'experience,' 'consciousness,' 'chance,' 'substance,' 'matter,' 'atom,' and a heap of other metaphysical
and theological terms, are the source of quite as much error and illusion and have as little relation to actual facts as the ideas of Plato.
The faculties of the mind itself have never yet been distinguished and defined, with satisfactory precision, by all the efforts of the most acute and metaphysical
Levin felt that it would be improper to enter upon a metaphysical
discussion with the priest, and so he said in reply merely what was a direct answer to the question.
It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical
, or in it highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.
But along with the civil and metaphysical history of man, another history goes daily forward,--that of the external world,--in which he is not less strictly implicated.
Nay, what does history yet record of the metaphysical annals of man.