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The Soul, Or Rational Psychology


The Soul, Or Rational Psychology

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    Emanuel Swedenborg
Excerpt from book: AUTHOR'S PREFACE. It has been my purpose studiously to investigate the nature of the soul and the body, and their intercourse: and also the state of the soul in the body, and its state after the life of the body. But in order to attain the end the means must also be sought: and while I was meditating in what way I might proceed, whither I should look, in what way I must direct my course as to the goal, I at length became aware that there is no other field of exploration than that of the anatomy of the organic body of the soul. For in this she disports herself and runs her course : and for what she is, in her own field, she must be inquired after in her own domain. For this reason I have treated first of all of the blood and the heart, and at length of the particular organs and viscera of the body: then of the cerebrum, the cerebellum, the medulla oblongata, and medulla spinalis. Supported by these investigations I may now make further progress. I have pursued this anatomy solely for the purpose of discovering the soul. If I shall have furnished anything of use to the anatomic or medical world it will be gratifying, but still more so if I shall have thrown any light upon the discovery of the soul. For the body itself, and especially the human body, and all its organs and members, are so wonderfully harmonized that nature has here brought together and infused all her art and science and whatever is inmostly concealed, so that if one desires to investigate nature here in her supreme and inmost recesses, he must explore these particulars: and the longer he lingers the more wonders and mysteries are broughtto light, and if thtice the age of Nestor were his, they would still be unexhausted. It is like an abyss, and only wonder remains at last. Thus in order to explore the soul,...   show more
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