Froebel's Educational Laws for All Teachers

Froebel's Educational Laws for All Teachers

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Froebel's Educational Laws for All Teachers

Froebel's Educational Laws for All Teachers

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The life of Friedrich Froebel falls in the time of the great German movement in philosophy. The birth year coincides very closely with the publication of the epoch-making book of Immanuel Kant—The Critique of Pure Reason. Kant had broken new ground for philosophy. He was followed by three giants, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, who continued his work and applied his results to the great problems of philosophy, namely, to the questions that relate to freedom, immortality, and the Divine Being. Kant uprooted, or supposed that he had uprooted, the old philosophy which had come down from Plato and Aristotle through the schoolmen of the Church. He thought that he had discovered a sound foundation for a new philosophy which could set at rest at least negatively the ultimate problems of life. Before his death, in 1804, he had seen applications of his new principle, first by Fichte, and afterward by Schelling—applications of which he had not had the slightest foreboding. What seemed an entirely new view of the world was projected by Fichte and Schelling. In the nature philosophy of the latter, time and space, matter and motion, gravitation and light, magnetism and crystallization, plant life and animal life, were "construed," to use his technical expression, as . . .

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