World We Live In: Or, Philosophy and Life in the Light of Modern Thought

World We Live In: Or, Philosophy and Life in the Light of Modern Thought

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World We Live In: Or, Philosophy and Life in the Light of Modern Thought

World We Live In: Or, Philosophy and Life in the Light of Modern Thought

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It is a fair question how dry a man has a right to be when he is writing upon a subject which ought to be of interest to every thoughtful man. The world in which we find ourselves is the common property of the learned and the unlearned. The problem of its nature and of our own adjustment to it stares us all in the face, if we think at all.

Hence, I make no apology for having written in a very plain and straightforward way. A truth simply stated is none the less a truth. An error stated in obscure and technical language is given a breastplate which may shield an unworthy life.

I hope no one will be deterred from reading my book by the rather formidable collection of notes appended to it. They are intended chiefly for my professional colleagues, and not for the general reader. The argument of the book is supposed to stand upon its own feet, and can be judged without reference to them. My program is contained in the first chapter. He to whom this makes no appeal need not read further, for my problem and its solution will not interest him.

That I am wholly in the right, or that I have said what I have meant to say as clearly and well as it should be said, I do not for a moment suppose. He who regards himself as infallible in philosophy, or who speaks with authority, stands revealed as lacking in a sense of humor. Did I suppose it would be of service, I should indicate the chapters which seem to me most in need of emendation by some one more acute; but doubtless the critic will prefer selecting these for himself.

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