Mysticism and Logic

Mysticism and Logic

Mysticism and Logic

Mysticism and Logic

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The following essays have been written and published at various times, and my thanks are due to the previous publishers for the permission for the permission to reprint them.

The essay on "Mysticism and Logic" appeared in the Hibbert Journal for July, 1914. The Place of Science in a Liberal Education appeared in two numbers of The New Statesman, May 24 and 31, 1913. The free Man's worship and The Study of Mathematics were included in a former collection (now out of print), Philosophical Essays, also published by Messrs. Longmans, Green & Co. Both were written in 1902; the first appeared originally in the Independent Review for 1903, the second in the New Quarterly, November, 1907. In theoretical Ethics, the position advocated in The Free Man's Worship is not identical with that which I hold now: I feel less convinced that I did then of the objectivity of good and evil. But the general attitude towards life which is suggested in that essay still seems to me, in the main, the one which must be adopted in times of stress and difficulty by those who have no dogmatic religious beliefs, if inward defeat is to be avoided.

The essay on Mathematics and the Metaphysicians was written in 1901, and appeared in an American magazine, The International Monthly, under the title Recent Work in the Philosophy of Mathematics. Some points in this essay require modification in view of later work. These are indicated in footnotes. Its tone is partly explained by the fact that the editor begged me to make the article "as romantic as possible."

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