Humanity of Man

Humanity of Man

Humanity of Man

Humanity of Man

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Owing to illness I have needed assistance in the preparation of this volume for the press and have been fortunate in securing the collaboration of Evelyn Ann Masi, Teaching Fellow in Humanities in the Harvard Department of General Education.

I have the utmost confidence in her scholarship and in her understanding of my ideas. She shares with me the central idea of the present book, which is to help in rescuing the creed of humanism from its suicidal isolation and uniting it with the contemporary currents of thought and education which are classified as science. The central thesis of the present book is that humanism and science are fighting the same fight against ignorance and obscurantism. They belong together as the advocates of the free and adventurous mind.

Man cannot afford to destroy any of his faculties of salvation. The present volume may be considered as an effort to prevent or correct this suicidal impulse. Perhaps that is the fundamental purpose of philosophy as distinguished from other branches of inquiry. Man needs all of his sources of light. The tragedy of his intellectual history lies in the fact that one era considers it necessary to destroy its predecessors.

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