An Introduction to Living Philosophy: A General Introduction to Contemporary Types and Problems

An Introduction to Living Philosophy: A General Introduction to Contemporary Types and Problems

An Introduction to Living Philosophy: A General Introduction to Contemporary Types and Problems

An Introduction to Living Philosophy: A General Introduction to Contemporary Types and Problems

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Is it possible to chart a straight course through the dense thicket of contemporary philosophical thought, where so many voices are crying, "Lo, here!" and "Lo, there!"? I have long believed that it is, providing one follows a suitable principle of selection, and this book is an attempt to substantiate that conviction.

Each Part of the book is practically an independent unit. Those who have never been initiated into the mysteries of philosophy should certainly begin with Part I. Others may omit this entirely, or browse through it and proceed to the exposition of the separate types in Parts II, III, and IV. These may be read in any order the reader prefers. Or the first chapter of each Part may be read together, and then the second, and so on. Reading by this latter method gives the problems approach, whereas reading each Part through separately gives the type of philosophy approach. The fact that the material is organized so that it may be read either way, will, I hope, make the book more useful.

Throughout I have tried to make the exposition interesting without making it superficial, and informative without making it intolerably technical. If critics find it dull, or too intricate and profound, I shall be disappointed, for it is especially intended to create and instill in the reader that love of philosophy which comes only to those who attain some sense of mastery of the subject. Even though philosophy cannot be made dead easy without ceasing to be philosophy, it should be possible to make it interesting. Although I have tried hard to be fair in the exposition of each type, and to keep my own opinions out of the exposition, I am aware that I have not entirely succeeded. Yet I trust that critics who do not share my own philosophical creed . . .

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