THE pedagogical goal of this historical past of philo sophy is acknowledged within the Preface to the 1st quantity. it can be fascinating during this position to restate what that pur pose is.
This publication is meant as a text-book for sketch-courses within the background of philosophy. it's written for the coed instead of for the trainer. it's a heritage of philoso phy upon the historical past of geography and of literary and political historical past. because the e-book is meant for the scholar, it makes the trainer all of the extra neces sary ; for it places into the palms of the scholar an out line of the historical past of philosophy and into the palms of the trainer the class-room time for uplifting the scholar together with his personal interpretations. In using geo graphical maps, modern literature, and political historical past, this e-book is in simple terms making use of for pedagogical purposes the inventory of data with which the scholar is supplied, whilst he starts the heritage of philosophy. The summaries, tables, and different generalizations are hired, as in text-books in different topics, as is helping to the reminiscence. accordingly the e-book has the only objective of arranging and organizing the fabric of the background of philosophy for the beginner.
The pupil might be inspired with the fast time-length of the fashionable interval in comparison with the tre mendously lengthy stretches of the sessions of antiquity. the fashionable interval is barely 400 and fifty years
in size, if we take the date 1453 as its starting. in comparison to the twenty-two hundred years of old and mediaeval lifestyles, the interval of contemporary lifestyles turns out very brief. additionally the scholar who has the philosophy of antiquity should have saw how frequently philosophy arose out of ethnic events within which entire civilizations have been concerned. he'll locate that sleek philosophy during this recognize stands against this with the philosophy of precedent days. With the decentralizing of contemporary Europe, philosophy has additionally turn into decentral ized. this doesn't suggest that philosophical routine have incorporated fewer humans of their sweep, yet that the activities have had shorter existence, the transitions were swifter, and the epochs were briefer. smooth civilization is subjective ; and its philosophy is thereby extra technical, and tougher to appreciate and to interpret than the philosophy of antiquity.
There are many beneficial books in English at the his tory of recent philosophy, and the scholar must have them handy. I name awareness specially to Rand, Mod ern Classical Philosophers, for its sensible choice from the unique resources ; toRoyce, Spirit of contemporary Philosophy, chapters iii to x; to Eucken, The Prob lem of Human lifestyles, pp. 303 to 518 ; and to the Sum maries in Windelband, historical past of Philosophy, elements IV to VII. along with those there are invaluable histories of recent philosophy by way of Falckenberg, Hoffding (2 vols.), Weber, Ueberweg (vol. ii), Calkins, Dewing, and Rogers.
To associates who've learn elements of the manuscript, I wish to recognize my indebtedness for plenty of clever criticisms and recommendations; specifically to Professor W. A. Neilson, Professor R. B. Perry, Dr. B. A. G. Fuller,
and Dr. J. H. Woods of Harvard college; to professional fessor Mary W. Calkins of Wellesley collage ; to professional fessor W. P. Montague of Columbia college; and to Professor S. P. Capen of Clark College.
TUFTS collage, December, 1910.
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