The Independent Volume 65

The Independent Volume 65

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...nor the loneliness of her later years. Indeed, even the one frailty which Sainte-Beuve admits in his favorite. an absurd pride of family, an amiable weakness, after all, her present biographer leaves aside. The Philosophy of Loyalty. By Josiah Royce, Professor of the History of Phi losophy in Harvard University. New York: The Macmillan Co. $1.50. For half a generation Professor Royce has been at the fofintain of wisdom teaching the young men who come up to fill their pitchers with the waters of life. Modern metaphysics interests itself chiefly in the taste and uses of this water in the present world, and, of course, attempts the analysis of it for our present purposes. This is, therefore, the aim of the eight lectures delivered last year by our author before the Lowell Institute, in Boston. Nith a full knowledge of what philosophy has said in the past, with a clear thought and an admirable style of elucidation, he brings his mind to present-day problems with a view, as he puts it, "to simplify men's moral issues, to clear their minds for a sight of the eternal, to win hearts for loyalty." This "loyalty" he defines as "the willing and thorogoing devotion of a person to a cause," the "cause" being "something that unifies many human lives in one." The cause may be essentially evil. It may prove in the near or remote end a "lost cause." True loyalty to the "cause" then becomes a "loyalty to loyalty." which is never a "lost cause." This higher form of loyalty, considered at first in its practical bearings in the human world, gets a glimpse at last into a world superhuman----such a glimpse being indeed its ultimate aim, its hope. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779207
  • 9781236779205