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Lectures and Essays

BY

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED

ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON

1910

THE WORKS OF THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY.

THE LIFE AND WORKS OF THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, F.R.S. Eversley Series .

Twelve vols. Globe 8vo, 4s. net each.

VOL. I. METHOD AND RESULTS. II. DARWINIANA. III. SCIENCE AND EDUCATION. IV. SCIENCE AND HEBREW TRADITION. V. SCIENCE AND CHRISTIAN TRADITION. VI. HUME, WITH HELPS TO THE STUDY OF BERKELEY. VII. MAN'S PLACE IN NATURE. VIII. DISCOURSES, BIOLOGICAL AND GEOLOGICAL. IX. EVOLUTION AND ETHICS, AND OTHER ESSAYS. X. } XI. } THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF PROFESSOR HUXLEY. XII. }

APHORISMS AND REFLECTIONS FROM THE WORKS OF T.H. HUXLEY. Selected by HENRIETTA A. HUXLEY. With Portrait. Pott 8vo, 2s. 6d. net. Also cloth elegant, 2s. 6d. net. Limp Leather, 3s. 6d. net. Golden Treasury Series .

AMERICAN ADDRESSES. 8vo, 6s. 6d.

CRITIQUES AND ADDRESSES. 8vo, 10s. 6d.

LESSONS IN ELEMENTARY PHYSIOLOGY. F'cap 8vo, 4s. 6d. QUESTIONS. Pott 8vo, 1s. 6d.

LAY SERMONS, ADDRESSES, AND REVIEWS. 8vo, 7s. 6d.

INTRODUCTORY PRIMER OF SCIENCE. Pott 8vo, 1s.

PHYSIOGRAPHY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF NATURE. Crown 8vo, 6s.

PHYSIOGRAPHY. A New Edition. Revised and partly re written by R.A. GREGORY. Globe 8vo, 4s. 6d.

SOCIAL DISEASES AND WORSE REMEDIES. Crown 8vo. Sewed, 1s. net.

LECTURES AND ESSAYS. 8vo. Sewed. 6d.

ESSAYS: ETHICAL AND POLITICAL. 8vo, Sewed. 6d.

LIFE OF HUME. Crown 8vo. Library Edition. 2s. net. Popular Edition, 1s. 6d. Sewed. 1s. F'cap 8vo. Pocket Edition. 1s. net. English Men of Letters.

By Prof. T.H. HUXLEY, assisted by Prof. H.N. MARTIN.

A COURSE OF ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION IN PRACTICAL BIOLOGY. Revised and extended by G.B. HOWES and D.H. SCOTT. Crown 8vo, 10s. 6d.

MACMILLAN AND CO., LTD., LONDON.

LECTURES AND ESSAYS

BY

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1910

CONTENTS. PAGE

AUTOBIOGRAPHY 5

LECTURES ON EVOLUTION 11

ON THE PHYSICAL BASIS OF LIFE 45

NATURALISM AND SUPERNATURALISM 57

THE VALUE OF WITNESS TO THE MIRACULOUS 71

AGNOSTICISM 83

THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION IN RELATION TO JUDAIC CHRISTIANITY 96

AGNOSTICISM AND CHRISTIANITY 108

First Edition, February 1902. Reprinted, December 1902, 1903, 1904, 1910.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

I was born about eight o'clock in the morning on the 4th of May, 1825, at Ealing, which was, at that time, as quiet a little country village as could be found within half a dozen miles of Hyde Park Corner. Now it is a suburb of London with, I believe, 30,000 inhabitants. My father was one of the masters in a large semi public school which at one time had a high reputation. I am not aware that any portents preceded my arrival in this world, but, in my childhood, I remember hearing a traditional account of the manner in which I lost the chance of an endowment of great practical value. The windows of my mother's room were open, in consequence of the unusual warmth of the weather. For the same reason, probably, a neighbouring beehive had swarmed, and the new colony, pitching on the window sill, was making its way into the room when the horrified nurse shut down the sash. If that well meaning woman had only abstained from her ill timed interference, the swarm might have settled on my lips, and I should have been endowed with that mellifluous eloquence which, in this country, leads far more surely than worth, capacity, or honest work, to the highest places in Church and State. But the opportunity was lost, and I have been obliged to content myself through life with saying what I mean in the plainest of plain language, than which, I suppose, there is no habit more ruinous to a man's prospects of advancement... Continue reading book >>




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