Modern Thinkers and Present Problems: An Approach to Modern Philosophy through Its History

Modern Thinkers and Present Problems: An Approach to Modern Philosophy through Its History

Modern Thinkers and Present Problems: An Approach to Modern Philosophy through Its History

Modern Thinkers and Present Problems: An Approach to Modern Philosophy through Its History

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These papers, which had been written from time to time and for various occasions, have been brought together without any attempt to make them tell a smooth unbroken story, yet not without regard to their connectedness. They have sometimes served me to bring before the mind of youth certain problems on which philosophers have thought again and again. But if they have had any interest for youth, if they are to have any for maturity, it can only be because the names that stand over the chapters might, if moments had names, be those of moments in each man's history.

And as such, unless I have altogether failed to make my characters real, these names will be recognized. Who has not sometime been that Bruno who stepped from his Father's House, where all had revolved so solicitously about himself, to find without the cold stars gazing down on his atomy from their places in endless emptiness?

Who has not come to feel, with Spinoza, those inviolable laws of mechanism which govern the world about him creeping into his own inmost being, threat-

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