An Introduction to Philosophy

An Introduction to Philosophy

An Introduction to Philosophy

An Introduction to Philosophy

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The present work was written for college students as a means of introducing them to the study of philosophy. Being an introductory study, it makes no pretensions to an exhaustive treatment of any of the subjects discussed. The majority of college students, because of time limitations, are able to pursue the study of philosophy for only a semester or two. It is, therefore, most important in an Introduction not to stress philosophical questions which, because of their abstractness or secondary importance, will not appeal to the average student. Such problems may well be left to those who intend to take up graduate studies in a particular phase of philosophical thought. But that a general acquaintance with the central problems of philosophy is of great value to all students is evidenced by the increasing amount of emphasis which is being placed on this subject by those responsible for the construction of college curricula.

The writer has kept in mind constantly the young men and women attending our colleges. For this group he thought it best to develop the principles of philosophy in the form of projects. Fundamental problems are first presented, the different positions taken by successive thinkers outlined and discussed, and the student is encouraged and assisted to make up his mind on the theory which he shall accept. While the text is put forward as basal, it is not the intention of the author that it should be used solely as a textbook. It is rather a handbook to guide the student in the selection and presentation of the material which is discussed in the classroom. Moreover, since it is view-

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