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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

Chapter 11 - The Philosophical Ideal

"Philosophy is knowledge of things not as they appear but as they are caused."

THE first essential in all scientific and philosophical inquiry is to define the object of one's search, the second is to formulate a method by the faithful application of which one hopes to attain ultimate truth. In this chapter I shall try to outline both the ideal and the method of philosophy, and make a few suggestions which may prove helpful to the student.

In simple terms, philosophy is a rational interpretation of life. Its scope is as wide as the universe. Its ideal is the critical examination and unification of all knowledge: the truth contained in all history, science, religion, art, morality, and all speculations concerning the future. It underlies all education. It underlies all practical life. Consequently, nothing is excluded by it, no event is uninteresting, no aspiration without its meaning. It is as deeply concerned with all that is dear and true to you and me, as it is to understand the system of the stars, or surprise the secrets of nature. Its interests are

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