Herbert Wells

First and Last Things - A Confession of Faith and Rule of Life (The original unabridged edition, all 4 books in 1 volume)

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First and Last Things is a 1908 work of philosophy by H. G. Wells. Its main intellectual influences are Darwinism and certain German thinkers Wells had read, such as August Weismann. The pragmatism of William James, who had become a friend of Wells, was also an influence.

Table of Contents:


Book the First

The Necessity for Metaphysics.

The Resumption of Metaphysical Enquiry.

The World of Fact.

Scepticism of the Instrument.

The Classificatory Assumption.

Empty Terms.

Negative Terms.

Logic Static and Life Kinetic.

Planes and Dialects of Thought.

Practical Conclusions from These Considerations.



Book the Second

My Primary Act of Faith.

On Using the Name of God.

Free Will and Predestination.

A Picture of the World of Men.

The Problem of Motives the Real Problem of Life.

A Review of Motives.

The Synthetic Motive.

The Being of Mankind.

Individuality an Interlude.

The Mystic Element.

The Synthesis.

Of Personal Immortality.

A Criticism of Christianity.

Of Other Religions.

Book the Third

Conduct Follows from Belief.

What is Good?


A Criticism of Certain Forms of Socialism.

Hate and Love.

The Preliminary Social Duty.

Wrong Ways of Living.

Social Parasitism and Contemporary Injustices.

The Case of the Wife and Mother.


Of an Organized Brotherhood.

Concerning New Starts and New Religions.

The Idea of the Church.

Of Secession.

A Dilemma.

A Comment.


War and Competition.

Modern War.

Of Abstinences and Disciplines.

On Forgetting, and the Need of Prayer, Reading, Discussion and Worship.

Democracy and Aristocracy.

On Debts of Honour.

The Idea of Justice.

Of Love and Justice.

The Weakness of Immaturity.

Possibility of a New Etiquette.


The Institution of Marriage.

Conduct in Relation to the Thing that is.

Conduct Towards Transgressors.

Book the Fourth

Personal Love and Life.

The Nature of Love.

The Will to Love.

Love and Death.

The Consolation of Failure.

The Last Confession.

Herbert George “H. G.” Wells (1866 – 1946) was an English writer, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing textbooks and rules for war games. Wells was now considered to be one of the world's most important political thinkers and during the 1920s and 30s he was in great demand as a contributor to newspapers and journals.
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