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THE

PHILOSOPHY OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS.

AN

ESSAY ON THE PHILOSOPHY

OF

SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS.

Containing an Analysis of Reason

and the Rationale of Love.

BY

P. F. FITZGERALD.

“The logical formulæ are the real predicates of God.”—Hegel.

“The confidence of reason give,
And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live !"

-WORDSWORTH, Ode to Duty.
“ 'Tis a base abandonment of reason to resign our right of thought,
our last and only place of refuge."

-LORD BYRON.
“Unless we see that God is involved in our Self-Consciousness, His
existence must be for us ever contingent and unnecessary.”

BIBLIOTHECA

JAN '182
LONDON:

PODLELANEY
TRÜBNER & CO., LUDGATE HILL.

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY

1882.

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PREFACE.

As the author is suffering from weakness of sight, is engaged in preparing other essays for publication, is in delicate health, and dreads any further delay in giving to the public what is felt to be an important truth, I am intrusted to prepare this essay for the press. What the important truth referred to is I give in the author's own words.

“Of the three discoveries to which I pretend, and which are the motive of this work, the first regards the intellectual nature of man, the second his affectional nature, and the third his moral nature. The objection to metaphysics that has hitherto been deemed unanswerable is, that the primary fundamental beliefs of reason have themselves no foundation in actual fact, but are mere philosophical assumptions. Now what I have endeavoured to show is, that the substance or hypostasis of thought is Being—the Being of the individual Ego being in every case the standpoint of rational

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