Movements of Thought in the Nineteenth Century.

H., editor Moore Merritt

Professor Mead's lectures on the ''Movements of Thought in the Nineteenth Century" are peculiarly apt, for a number of reasons. They are inclusive. Even a brief perusal of the Table of Contents is sufficient to indicate the catholicity of their scope. I think it may truly be said that few significant thought developments have been neglected. The lectures are also relatively simple. Being designed, as they were, for undergraduate students in the University of Chicago, they are presented from a point of view which such students can readily grasp. This is a great boon to the general reader who wishes a picture of the thought of the century as a whole. Again, their development does not go in to such detail as to hide general tendencies. Finally, Mr. Mead's penchant for turning old problems around in such a way as to bring new light on them keeps his lectures from being repetitious. These factors all lead to the cumulative value which these lectures have as one goes through them. One cannot read them with any care without having a real sense of what went on in the ce11tury immediately before our own

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