Present Conflict of Ideals: A Study of the Philosophical Background of the World War

Present Conflict of Ideals: A Study of the Philosophical Background of the World War

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Present Conflict of Ideals: A Study of the Philosophical Background of the World War

Present Conflict of Ideals: A Study of the Philosophical Background of the World War

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The following lectures were delivered at the University of California while I had the honor and good fortune to be Lecturer on the Mills Foundation from January to May of the present year. I am publishing them in virtually the same form as that in which I delivered them, thus perpetuating my grateful sense of an interested and friendly audience. I claim neither originality nor profound scholarship; but have the hope that this assembling and formulation of ideas that are now in the air, may have some present value for those who are trying, as I am, to understand the deeper issues that underlie the war. I have thought that this book might also serve as a companion volume to my Present Philosophical Tendencies. There I have dealt mainly with the technicalities and fundamentals; here I have dealt with the moral, emotional, political and religious implications. In order that the two books may be used together, I have followed a similar order of topics: discussing first (Chapters III-XII), aspects of naturalism; second (Chapters XIII-XIX), aspects of idealism; third (Chapters XX-XXIV), aspects of pragmatism; and fourth (Chapter XXV), the practical implications of realism. The remainder of the book consists of an attempt to relate these tendencies to the conflicting national ideals of the present war. I desire to express my thanks to Professor A. L. Locke of Howard University for his assistance in the reading of proof.

RALPH BARTON PERRY.

WASHINGTON, D. C.,
August 15, 1918.

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