Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Note on a Review of
The Wonders of Life and
The Riddle of the Universe
by E. Haeckel

Written: late in 1904
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, 4th Edition, Moscow, 1976, Volume 38, page 56
Publisher: Progress Publishers
First Published: 1961 in Collected Works, Volume 38
Translated: Clemence Dutt
Edited: Stewart Smith
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Note on a Feuilleton in the newspaper “Frankfurter Zeitung” of November 15, 1904, which comments on two books by E. Haeckel—Lebenswunder(Gemeinverständliche Studien über biologische Philosophie) [The Wonders of Life (Elementary Studies in Biological Philosophy)], Stuttgart (Alfred Kröner) and Welträtsel (The Riddle of the Universe)—was written on a separate sheet, which also contained a list of a number of foreign books on the agrarian question. The entry was made at the end of 1904. Lenin gave an evaluation of The Riddle of the Universe by E. Haeckel in Materialism and Empirio-Criticism.

Frankfurter Zeitung, 1904, No. 348 (December 15)

First morning edition

A Feuilleton on New Biological Books

Ernst Haeckel: Lebenswunder (Gemeinverständliche Studien über biologische Philosophie). Stuttgart. (Alfred Kröner.)

(To Haeckel, “the spirit is a physiological function of the cerebral cortex.” P. 378 of his book. To be sure, the reviewer is against this opinion.)

Welträtseln by the same author ((published earlier)) (in which it is demonstrated that, properly speaking, there are no world riddles).


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