Individualism: Four Lectures on the Significance of Consciousness for Social Relations

Individualism: Four Lectures on the Significance of Consciousness for Social Relations

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Individualism: Four Lectures on the Significance of Consciousness for Social Relations

Individualism: Four Lectures on the Significance of Consciousness for Social Relations

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Tax four "lectures" forming this series were part of the program of public lectures given at the University of Chicago in the Summer of 1909. They were prepared for that purpose, yet at the same time, in practically their present dimensions, for publication in book-form. In revising them I have purposely retained the form of lecture because, in the statement of a point of view so avowedly personal and addressed so frequently to the individual experience of the reader, I wished to remain on terms of familiar intercourse. Nothing has been really added in the revision except the divisions I and II of the Third Lecture. The first of these additions is somewhat technical in character, but, for the student of philosophy at least, the points treated there are too important to be omitted. In the second I have embodied a formal statement of the ethical doctrine, and the reader who, like myself, wishes to know the outcome of a book before engaging to read it may find this to his purpose. He will also find a full analysis of the argument in the table of contents.

In the Third Lecture I have developed the ethical doctrine through a sharp criticism of the view of my friend, Professor Dewey. I wrote Professor Dewey of my intention, and I wish to express my appreciation of his cordial response, and at the same time to record my many positive obligations to him, both intellectual -- as the text will show -- and personal. The criticism in question also includes Professor Royce, to whose . . .

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