THE pedagogical function of this background 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 ebook is meant as a text-book for sketch-courses within the background of philosophy. it truly is written for the coed instead of for the instructor. it's a historical past of philoso phy upon the history of geography and of literary and political background. because the e-book is meant for the scholar, it makes the instructor the entire extra neces sary ; for it places into the fingers of the coed an out line of the historical past of philosophy and into the palms of the instructor the class-room time for uplifting the coed along with his personal interpretations. In utilizing geo graphical maps, modern literature, and political historical past, this publication is simply applying for pedagogical purposes the inventory of knowledge with which the coed is provided, while he starts the historical past of philosophy. The summaries, tables, and different generalizations are hired, as in text-books in different matters, as is helping to the reminiscence. as a result the ebook has the only function of arranging and organizing the fabric of the background of philosophy for the beginner.
The pupil might be inspired with the quick time-length of the fashionable interval in comparison with the tre mendously lengthy stretches of the classes 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 recent existence turns out very brief. additionally the coed who has the philosophy of antiquity should have saw how frequently philosophy arose out of ethnic occasions within which complete civilizations have been concerned. he'll locate that smooth philosophy during this appreciate stands by contrast 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 events have incorporated fewer humans of their sweep, yet that the events have had shorter existence, the transitions were faster, and the epochs were briefer. sleek civilization is subjective ; and its philosophy is thereby extra technical, and more challenging to appreciate and to interpret than the philosophy of antiquity.
There are many useful books in English at the his tory of recent philosophy, and the scholar must have them handy. I name realization specifically to Rand, Mod ern Classical Philosophers, for its really apt choice from the unique assets ; toRoyce, Spirit of contemporary Philosophy, chapters iii to x; to Eucken, The Prob lem of Human existence, pp. 303 to 518 ; and to the Sum maries in Windelband, historical past of Philosophy, components IV to VII. along with those there are precious histories of recent philosophy by way of Falckenberg, Hoffding (2 vols.), Weber, Ueberweg (vol. ii), Calkins, Dewing, and Rogers.
To acquaintances who've learn components of the manuscript, I wish to recognize my indebtedness for plenty of clever criticisms and proposals; in particular to Professor W. A. Neilson, Professor R. B. Perry, Dr. B. A. G. Fuller,
and Dr. J. H. Woods of Harvard college; to seasoned fessor Mary W. Calkins of Wellesley collage ; to seasoned fessor W. P. Montague of Columbia college; and to Professor S. P. Capen of Clark College.
TUFTS university, December, 1910.
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