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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


found in this book will accordingly depend for more upon the reader's philosophical ability and spiritual experience than upon the knowledge of conventional theories and methods of education.


It is always difficult to classify those who are on the move. But if after reading deeply in Chapters XI. and XII. the reader still persists in classifying this book, let him put it down as the work of an independent philosophical student who writes because he must. Yet the spiritual ideal for which the book was chiefly written appears least in these philosophical chapters. The deeper doctrine is stated in its most philosophical form in Chapter XIII. But the reader will be glad to turn from this more technical discussion to the chapter on immortality, in which the spiritual ideal is given its broadest and most human expression. With the exception of the last chapter, and portions of a few others, the book is wholly new, scarcely a page having appeared in print in its present form. The book occupies an independent position, and, although a logical outgrowth of them, is not to be judged by previous volumes, or by reference to any particular doctrine of which the author is thought to be an exponent. What is true, is true in its own right; and because an author reveals leanings, it does not follow that he accepts all the tenets of a sect wills which he is sometimes classed.


Boston, July, 1900

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