The Education of the Greek People and Its Influence on Civilization

The Education of the Greek People and Its Influence on Civilization

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...such complete thoughts as bore more directly upon moral life--courage, temperance, worth, friendship, etc.--and to show their interconnection, so that, presenting themselves as an ordered system of universal truth, It is easy to see how such a conclusion as this opened the way for the pantheism of the Neoplatonists. the "one intelligence" of the Arabs, and the panlogism of Hegel. they might be made the basis of a new social order and the material of a new education. It does not seem that he ever advanced so far as to formulate to himself all that is implied in the existence of universal truth; but he did see that, in order to be the subject of it, man must contain something more than his individuality, something more than Protagoras had found in him, and that without it no public morality and no social order were possible. He drew only the ethical conclusions, leaving the ontological for others to draw. Moreover, it does not seem that he was ever able to put his conclusions into a practical form, or to suggest any method by which they might be embodied in actual social life; but he certainly would have deprecated the disciplined socialism of Pythagoras as much as the unbridled anarchism of the Sophists. If the latter left men a congeries of atoms, held together by no force at all, the former bound them into an iron system by an external force, depriving them of that autonomy which is the very condition of moral life, and which it was Socrates' special mission to bring to light and to champion. The dialectic method played a great part in all subsequent education, philosophy, and religion, nay, even in politics, and its effects were partly good and partly evil. As a means of refuting the sophistic position, and demonstrating the presence...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236648307
  • 9781236648303