Introduction to Philosophy: An Inquiry after a Rational System of Scientific Principles in Their Relation to Ultimate Reality

Introduction to Philosophy: An Inquiry after a Rational System of Scientific Principles in Their Relation to Ultimate Reality

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Introduction to Philosophy: An Inquiry after a Rational System of Scientific Principles in Their Relation to Ultimate Reality

Introduction to Philosophy: An Inquiry after a Rational System of Scientific Principles in Their Relation to Ultimate Reality

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It is not easy to describe the precise purpose of this book in the few words of an appropriate title. I have, indeed, cherished the hope that it may serve to "introduce" some of its readers to the study of philosophy. Undoubtedly the number is increasingly large who recognize, if only vaguely, the existence of "those riddles"--as said Lotze--"by which our mind is oppressed in life, and about which we are compelled to hold some view or other, in order to be able really to live at all." It is these riddles which form the subjects of philosophical investigation. Among the persons who at least recognize their existence are the young in the later years of our higher institutions of learning. I have therefore had them in mind in writing this treatise.

I have not thought it desirable, however, to put my thoughts into the technical form of a book of instruction for beginners in philosophy. In a subject that deals so largely with problems inviting to reflection and ending, at best, in opinion, there seems to me something unbecoming and even repulsive in the textbook form. Yet I believe that the skilful teacher of philosophy will find this book helpful in bringing its problems, and their discussion from whatever point of view, before his classes.

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