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(1951). Morgan, Arthur E. The Philosophy of Edward Bellamy. [New York: King's Crown Press. 1945. Pp. 96. Paper Bound. $1.60.]. Psychoanal. Rev., 38(2):199-200.

(1951). Psychoanalytic Review, 38(2):199-200

Morgan, Arthur E. The Philosophy of Edward Bellamy. [New York: King's Crown Press. 1945. Pp. 96. Paper Bound. $1.60.]

Those who know of Edward Bellamy at all, know him by his Looking Backward, published late in the last century. He also wrote Equality. In the monograph under review, some heretofore unpublished but important writings are presented. The first one, The Religion of Solidarity is entirely by Bellamy. The other four give fragments of Bellamy's writing under the chapter headings Edward Bellamy and India, Edward Bellamy and Nemesis, the Economy of Happiness, and The Religion of Edward Bellamy. Bellamy's tradition was thoroughly New England, while his father was a pastor and an enlightened man. Bellamy was well ahead of nineteenth century morality and he is no less ahead of twentieth century morality. In his religion of solidarity he would not have individual selfish needs efface contact with the whole of creation. He strikes a nice balance. He sees no necessity for a personal god although he does not deny the right of others to believe so. At times he strikes an extraordinary pantheistic position and writes in rich prose indeed, “Very often must it happen to everyone when wandering abroad at night, to feel the eyes drawn upward as by a sense of majestic, overshadowing presence—The soul of the gazer, drawn on and on, from star to star, still travels toward infinity. He is strange to the limitations of terrestrial things; he is out of the body. He is oppressed with the grandeur of the universal frame; its weight seems momentarily to rest upon his shoulders. But with a start and a wrench as of life from soul the personality reasserts itself, and with a temporary sense of strangeness he fits himself once again to the pygmy standards about him.” It is needless to review this volume in detail.

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