First and Last Things: A Confession of Faith and Rule of Life
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First and Last Things: A Confession of Faith and Rule of Life

By H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
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In this collection of insightful essays, science fiction master H.G. Wells sets forth his views on life, ethics, religion, and a host of other moral, ethical and metaphysical matters. First and Last Things offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind and manner of thinking of a groundbreaking creative genius.

Table of Contents
  • FIRST AND LAST THINGS
  • A CONFESSION OF FAITH AND RULE OF LIFE
  • INTRODUCTION.
  • BOOK THE FIRST. — METAPHYSICS.
  • 1.1. THE NECESSITY FOR METAPHYSICS.
  • 1.2. THE RESUMPTION OF METAPHYSICAL ENQUIRY.
  • 1.3. THE WORLD OF FACT.
  • 1.4. SCEPTICISM OF THE INSTRUMENT.
  • 1.5. THE CLASSIFICATORY ASSUMPTION.
  • 1.6. EMPTY TERMS.
  • 1.7. NEGATIVE TERMS.
  • 1.8. LOGIC STATIC AND LIFE KINETIC.
  • 1.9. PLANES AND DIALECTS OF THOUGHT.
  • 1.10. PRACTICAL CONCLUSIONS FROM THESE CONSIDERATIONS.
  • 1.11. BELIEFS.
  • 1.12. SUMMARY.
  • BOOK THE SECOND — OF BELIEFS
  • 2.1. MY PRIMARY ACT OF FAITH.
  • 2.2. ON USING THE NAME OF GOD.
  • 2.3. FREE WILL AND PREDESTINATION.
  • 2.4. A PICTURE OF THE WORLD OF MEN.
  • 2.5. THE PROBLEM OF MOTIVES THE REAL PROBLEM OF LIFE.
  • 2.6. A REVIEW OF MOTIVES.
  • 2.7. THE SYNTHETIC MOTIVE.
  • 2.8. THE BEING OF MANKIND.
  • 2.9. INDIVIDUALITY AN INTERLUDE.
  • 2.10. THE MYSTIC ELEMENT.
  • 2.11. THE SYNTHESIS.
  • 2.12. OF PERSONAL IMMORTALITY.
  • 2.13. A CRITICISM OF CHRISTIANITY.
  • 2.14. OF OTHER RELIGIONS.
  • 2.15.
  • BOOK THE THIRD — OF GENERAL CONDUCT
  • 3.1. CONDUCT FOLLOWS FROM BELIEF.
  • 3.2. WHAT IS GOOD?
  • 3.3. SOCIALISM.
  • 3.4. A CRITICISM OF CERTAIN FORMS OF SOCIALISM.
  • 3.5. HATE AND LOVE.
  • 3.6. THE PRELIMINARY SOCIAL DUTY.
  • 3.7. WRONG WAYS OF LIVING.
  • 3.8. SOCIAL PARASITISM AND CONTEMPORARY INJUSTICES.
  • 3.9. THE CASE OF THE WIFE AND MOTHER.
  • 3.10. ASSOCIATIONS.
  • 3.11. OF AN ORGANIZED BROTHERHOOD.
  • 3.12. CONCERNING NEW STARTS AND NEW RELIGIONS.
  • 3.13. THE IDEA OF THE CHURCH.
  • 3.14. OF SECESSION.
  • 3.15. A DILEMMA.
  • 3.16. A COMMENT.
    • The preceding section has been criticized by a friend who writes:—
  • 3.17. WAR.
  • 3.18. WAR AND COMPETITION.
    • What is the meaning of war in life?
  • 3.19. MODERN WAR.
  • 3.20. OF ABSTINENCES AND DISCIPLINES.
  • 3.21. ON FORGETTING, AND THE NEED OF PRAYER, READING, DISCUSSION AND WORSHIP.
  • 3.22. DEMOCRACY AND ARISTOCRACY.
  • 3.23. ON DEBTS OF HONOUR.
  • 3.24. THE IDEA OF JUSTICE.
  • 3.25. OF LOVE AND JUSTICE.
  • 3.26. THE WEAKNESS OF IMMATURITY.
  • 3.27. POSSIBILITY OF A NEW ETIQUETTE.
  • 3.28. SEX.
  • 3.29. THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE.
  • 3.30. CONDUCT IN RELATION TO THE THING THAT IS.
  • 3.31. CONDUCT TOWARDS TRANSGRESSORS.
  • BOOK THE FOURTH — SOME PERSONAL THINGS.
  • 4.1. PERSONAL LOVE AND LIFE.
  • 4.2. THE NATURE OF LOVE.
    • It is well perhaps to look a little into the factors that make up Love.
  • 4.3. THE WILL TO LOVE.
  • 4.4. LOVE AND DEATH.
  • 4.5. THE CONSOLATION OF FAILURE.
  • 4.6. THE LAST CONFESSION.
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