Goethe's Faust; a commentary Volume 1

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...and cries: " That looks better; one sees at least where and how." The Devil clinches the point like a good theologian, by a biblical allusion: " Green is the golden tree of Life;" but all theory, or if you please, the tree of Knowledge is grey, very hazy. Such seems to be the Devil's opinion of those two famous Mosaic trees. Our student is certainly making rapid progress under the tuition of Mephisto; he has in a short talk arrived at the rejection of knowledge in the four Faculties, which point it took Faust ten years of hard study to attain. Very rapid progress, it must be confessed; still further, the student has chosen, for his practical activity in life, the practice of Medicine, on account of its opportunity for diabolism; he is thus transformed into a Mephisto without ten years' study. Both Faust and the student are Mephisto's now. Thus the cycle of the poem sweeps back to the beginning, and shows us the young Faust long previous to the First Soliloquy, with Mephisto as teacher. The vocation of the student also is destroyed, the youth is perverted; here we have landed with our doctrine that man cannot know Truth. Such instruction as this of Mephisto has not ceased in the world; we have it to-day in our schools and colleges. The unknowability of knowledge we hear preached steadfastly, and the exhortation goes forth even from the so-called thinker: " Don't think." It is Me.phisto in his assumed pedagogical robe, talking from the professional chair, writing books, holding lectures, showing by a long process of thought that there is no thought. Intellect has come to deny intellect, wherein it is our chief insight to see that Mephisto is ultimately the self-destroyer; though on his way to self-destruction he tries to drag in all others, and...

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