Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

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Introduction to Philosophy

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The translator desires me to write a brief preface for the English edition of my Introduction. First of all, I wish to express my gratitude that the little book has been considered worthy of being presented to the English speaking world in their own tongue. I should like to add, furthermore, that I am greatly indebted to English and American thinkers for inspiration and suggestion which I regard of the highest value. Herbert Spencer taught me to think genetically and from William James, whose recent untimely death fills us all with profound sorrow, I got the idea of making psychological analysis the basis of my philosophical investigations. And in the new pragmatic method, which likewise originated in America, I have found a theory to which I had been led independently by my own investigations even before hearing of its American exponents.

My book aims to accomplish a twofold purpose. It seeks to help all who find an interest in philosophy to an acquaintance with the language and the problems of philosophy, and thus to stimulate independent reflection. My constant motto in the presentation of the problems and the various solutions which have been proposed has been objectivity, perspicuity and brevity. The propae-

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