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Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St. Andrews. Feb.1st 1867.

Mill, John Stuart.-

Published by Boston. Littell & Gay. N.D. [1867], 1867
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. 31 pp. 8vo. Printed paper wraps. Double column format. Disbound. First American Edition. John Stuart Mill was elected Rector (Honorary President) of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). This is his Inaugural Address and lays out some of his views on education as well as contrasting the Scottish and English systems of higher education. He argues for a curriculum that includes both the sciences and liberal arts/humanities. He argues strongly for an emphasis on ancient languages, whose grammars form an introduction to the study of logic. Mathematics, he argues, is the the road to appreciate that truth is arrived at through reasoning. Logic (the theory of mathematics and physics) enhances the path to truth by teaching reasoning from premises (ratiocination) and from observation (induction). Less perfect sciences, like physiology, introduce the difficult questions of politics and social life as well as development and evolution. Liberal education requires us to know that controversies exist and this leads to tolerance and efforts to resolve controversy. Political economy, law and jurisprudence as well as international law should be parts of the liberal curriculum, too. Mill argues that the only effective religious education is "the parental - that of home and childhood." Incorporating religion into university studies has led only to dogma and repression. Poetry he considers too much undervalued. The moral being is our goal in our endeavors to enhance the quality of human life. The work of university education is not to foster pursuit of direct rewards, but to enable the enjoyment of disinterested rewards, those that come from deserving them. This American issue may possibly be the first separate printing, preceding the English publication by Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer, also in 1867. Slight soiling of wrappers. Else, Very Good +. NUC #NM 0579772. Bookseller Inventory # 9528

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Title: Inaugural Address Delivered to the ...

Publisher: Boston. Littell & Gay. N.D. [1867]

Publication Date: 1867

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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