Studies in Philosophy

Studies in Philosophy

Studies in Philosophy

Studies in Philosophy

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My general purpose in these lectures is to defend a point of view and to sketch a programme.

On either view the question may be asked: Are these lectures original, something that no one has thought of before? I make no such claim. Certainly I am conscious that I have reached my position by the efforts of my own thinking, not by such efforts made in vacuo, but exercised on the problems and theories of the great classics, and of the older contemporaries who were my teachers, and of younger contemporaries. From all of them I have received much. They have made me think, and by thinking achieve the results I have here expressed in writing.

With regard to some great thinkers, I should like to say: This is what is living in their thought, this is what deserves to endure, what they wished to say but were hampered in saying. Thus, in a legitimate sense, I defend their views, and clearly I cannot claim originality for something which I seem to myself to be able to discover in doctrines of my predecessors. Mine is a contribution to that continuous debate which, retrospectively considered, is the History of Philosophy; and, as going on here and now, is Philosophy itself, as it lives in contemporary philosophising.

At the same time, I have expressed my views in the best words I could find, using historical parallels sparingly. I ask my readers to judge these lectures on their intrinsic merits, and not on the merits of any "authority" I might quote.

R. F. A. H.

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