The Unknowable: The Herbert Spencer Lecture Delivered at Oxford, 24 October, 1923 (Classic Reprint)

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Your kind invitation to deliver the Herbert Spencer Lecture of this year, apart from the honour and pleasure it brings me, enables me to perform a small act of piety. On the whole, with qualifications which will appear presently, I belong to Herbert Spencer's camp; and I am glad of so favourable an opportunity to offer a grain of propitiatory incense to his shade, which I feel to be wandering in our midst somewhat reproachfully. Fashion has completely deserted him, and the course of evolution in which he trusted has not taken his hints. Even where some philosophy of evolution is still in vogue, it is not his philosophy, but perhaps that of Hegel or Bergson, who conceive evolution as imposed on nature by some magic or dialectical force, contrary to an alleged helplessness in matter. Such devices were far removed from the innocence of Herbert Spencer, who dutifully gathered reports from every quarter and let them settle as they would in the broad levels of his system, as in geological strata; whence that Homeric sweep with which he pictures progress and decay, not in aversion from the severities of natural existence, but as the mechanical sediment of the tides of matter and motion, perpetually surging.

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George Santayana (1863--1952) was a philosopher, poet, critic, and novelist. He is the author of "The Last Puritan" (MIT Press) and many other works.

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