The following fragments take their name and much of their style from the work of Novalis. I only hope that they do justice, in the humblest sense of that weighty word, to the history of thought that went into their preparation. I will not admit that I intend to please everyone with the ideas that these fragments portray; I know that they will not find favor with many. They are the ideas of a mind thinking of itself.
The aim of this selection is to represent a unique style of assaying philosophical thought. If the style and substance engenders further thought in the reader, then these few examples will be considered a success, as they will have encouraged the reader to pursue, perhaps, a line of free-thinking of his own.
The selected articles are of four sorts, poem, apothegm, essay and narrative. Preferably, they should be read in no particular order, but randomly as the thoughts they imbibe. Their focus is the spirit of man. It is a book not intended for those whose Christianity is stronger than their humanity, nor for the theologian who loves his preconceptions more than their love of truth.
They are Platonic, meaning they are of a dangerous sort.
Through variety they survey the obscurities that guide all men’s thought: dialectical and conditioned by the pro-clivities of inherent nature. My sympathies are with all free-thinkers. My antipathy lies with those that attempt to stifle the creative spirit that imbues an understanding of oneself, our fellow man, and the world at large. In this demeanor therefore I adopt the romantic title Logological Fragments. – “Everything is seed,” wrote Novalis some two centuries before. May these lines also engender them-selves to the minds of those who may chance upon them and seed the imagination of readers and thinkers alike to cultivate a mind of their own.