Date of Award

Spring 1917

Document Type





In studying the history of philosophical though, one fact seems to be conspicuous by its absence. That is, we find very little speculation regarding the origin of life. Ancient philosophy is distinctly religious, this being markedly so in the early history of Egypt, China, India, and Persia. Even pagan Greece and Greco-Roman philosophy was concerned mainly with the Creation of the World and the existence of a Supreme Being. However, the question was not unknown, for the writings of Aristotle, Vergil, and Origen reveal speculation concerning the origin of life.

It is only within recent years that investigations concerning the first origin of life became so general as to arouse heated controversies among scientists. This remarkable fact can be accounted for by three very evident reasons.