Institutes of Education; Comprising an Introduction to Rational Psychology

Institutes of Education; Comprising an Introduction to Rational Psychology

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...of things, and in so far as these are clearly perceived and conceived, that science instruction has any rightful place in the school. The Ratichian rule, "per experimentum omnia," is here absolute., U, v/ And yet words and formulation are necessary. If, without the help of language to fix and symbolise, we could make little progress on the percipient and con-cipient planes of mind, how hopeless would be the attempt to convey a generalisation and reasoning with-it. Until we formulate thought to ourselves in we are not, strictly speaking, thinking, but only striving to think, struggling with thought--"licking," as Montaigne says, "the formless embryo." rOn this parallelism, or rather interpenetration, of thought and language, rests ultimately all argument for language as an educational discipline; apart, that is to say, from its ethical and aesthetic aspects.1 Note.--Here I may state explicitly what I have elsewhere indicated, that the child--indeed, we may say more truly, the infant--begins with general concepts. By this I merely mean that the infant, having seen and named an individual (the totality of impression which is the individual in sense), forthwith uses that individual image and name as a general. Having once seen and named a cow, he calls the four-footed animals which thereafter come before him "cows," until he knows better (as we say).2 So vague are sensates, and the first percepts of these sensates, that he sees a general likeness before he begins to differentiate in any close analytic sense. Till he gradually, by the concurrent processes of differentiation and likening, builds up for himself the concept of this and that individual, he is constantly wrong, and the resultant in his consciousness is always confused and more

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