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Horatio Dresser was a major early New Thought author

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Horatio W. Dresser's

Education and the Philosophical Ideal

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Preface - Introduction - The New Point of View - Educational Ideals - Equanimity - The Subconscious Mind - The Spiritual Ideal in Childhood - An Experiment in Education - The Expression of the Spirit - An Ideal Summer Conference - The Ministry of the Spirit - The Mystery of Pain and Evil - The Philosophical Ideal - The Criteria of Truth - Organic Perfection - Immortality - Index - p. 247


THE doctrine of this book is not put forward as 1 a mere theory of education. In its pages education passes imperceptibly into life, and life becomes philosophical. Its theory is therefore rather an appeal to all that is noblest in life than a detailed educational scheme. The main thesis is that life itself is educational, that the individual possesses instincts which, if freely followed, lead the way to fullest self-expression and the service of humanity. Books, education, and experience furnish the occasion, put the soul in self-command; the soul is the consequential factor. All life should therefore be adapted with the spiritual ideal in view. Self-knowledge, self-discipline, and selfmastery are of more importance than any knowledge which the teacher can give. To these the soul should be free to add such educational opportunities as it demands. Thus to choose and thus to help, every soul, every teacher, must understand life philosophically, must dedicate his life to the Spirit. The educational ideal is thereby absorbed into the larger ideal of the spiritual life. Thus considering it, I have ventured even to include immortality as essential to this broader point of view. The value

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