JOSEPH A. LEIGHTON, PH.D., L.L.D. Ohio State University
Naturally, it is with some trepidation that a mere professor finds himself obliged to speak for his colleagues in this den of presidential lions. My trepidation is increased by the fearful suspicion that I must, of course, have an academic mind. It is still further increased by the uneasy consciousness that I may at any moment hear the crack of of the mule driver's whip behind me, since we have just heard that it is a presidential function to drive his twentymule team, the faculty. Perhaps it is lucky for me that my president is not here.
In entering upon a thirty-minute discussion of this complex and controversial subject, I feel pretty much in the state of mind of the late Doctor McCosh when entering upon his discussion of the Problem of Being. "Young gentlemen," he is quoted as saying, "this is a verra deefficult problem. Plato tried to solve it and failed, Aristotle tried it and failed," and, after enumerating all of the famous philosophers who had failed to solve the problem of being, Doctor McCosh concluded, "and I am no verra sure that I can solve it meself."
With respect to the subject of my address, I seem to see the goal in view, but I am not very certain as to the best means of reaching it. I shall have, perforce, to speak briefly and, therefore, dogmatically. What I would plead for, above all else, in view of the complexity of the problem and the great issues at stake, is openness of mind,