In this volume Spenser presents his formula of evolution, demonstrating that the whole of the cosmos, from the nebulae to moral sentiments, obeyed the same general laws. The theory offers a resolution of the most pressing debates in Victorian intellectual life: the contest between theism and atheism and proposed a solution to the dispute between Mill and Hamilton over the nature of the ultimate reality.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Part I. The Unknowable: 1. Religion and science; 2. Ultimate religious ideas; 3. Ultimate scientific ideas; 4. The relativity of all knowledge; 5. The reconciliation; Part II. Laws of the Knowable: 1. Laws in general; 2. The law of evolution; 3. The law of evolution (continued); 4. The causes of evolution; 5. Space, time, matter, motion and force; 6. The indestructibility of matter; 7. The continuity of motion; 8. The persistence of force; 9. The correlation and equivalence of forces; 10. The direction of motion; 11. The rhythm of motion; 12. The conditions essential to evolution; 13. The instability of the homogeneous; 14. The multiplication of effects; 15. Differentiation and integration; 16. Equilibration; 17. Summary and conclusion.