Humanism: Philosophical Essays

Humanism: Philosophical Essays

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Humanism: Philosophical Essays

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That a new edition of Humanism has not appeared simultaneously with that of Studies in Humanism is due to the facts that both volumes could not be passed through the press together, and that Humanism needed rather more revision. I have also taken the opportunity of enlarging it by the addition of four papers published between 1907-9, which seemed congruous with its subject. They have been inserted after Essay XII in order to produce a minimum of dislocation in the oldorder.

The only other point to which attention need be drawn in this Preface is that its forerunner in the first edition has not been found to prophesy falsely. The prediction that Protagoras would be found on re-examination to hold his own against Plato (p. xxi of this edition) has been fulfilled in Essays II and XIII-XV of Studies in Humanism, the pamphlet on Plato or Protageras? and articles in Mind Nos. 68 and 78. The prediction (p. x, p. xiv f. of this edition) that Pragmatism would be found to be primarily a criticism of the traditional Logic and the promise of a reformed Logic, has been to some extent fulfilled in my Formal Logic (1912), though a complete systematic exposition of the Logic of Real Knowing has not yet appeared, and meantime the two Humanism volumes together with Axioms as Postulates must be regarded as containing aspirations towards it.

Lastly, it may be noted that the choice of the word . . .

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