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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


Introduction - p. 1

Every ultimate fact is the first of a new series. — Emerson

IT is seldom that the general reader is treated to a more genuine surprise than in meeting for the first time a statement like the following from Emerson's essay on Plato1: "No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains." These words are surprising because, until one thinks deeply, one confidently believes that the mystery of life has been solved, at least by the wise men; and when the wisest seer of our times declares that existence is still an enigma, it is naturally very startling.

Yet the wisest philosophers are the first to confess that "Here we are," and that is the utmost we can say when we undertake to settle the ultimate of ultimates. Why we exist we do not fully know. How the world came to he, we know not; we know only

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