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(1) The Self and Nature (2) Locke's Theory of Knowledge and its Historical Relations (3) The Problem of Creation: An Attempt to Define the Character and Trend of the Cosmic Process (4) Originality: A Popular Study of the Creative Mind

Nature volume 101, pages 141142 (25 April 1918) | Download Citation

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(1) IN reading Prof. Parker's book we breathe A that delightful and invigorating atmosphere of the New World which seems the vital condition of American philosophy. We are not startled with new doctrines or confronted with strikingly original theories. The problems are all familiar enough, whether they are old or new, yet the author makes us feel that we are out on “an intellectual adventure,” and though we are journeying through a well-charted country we are bent on discovery. The book is pervaded throughout with the spirit of William James, the father of all such as dwell in philosophical tents and go forth on philosophical pilgrimages. James produced no system, introduced no new method, stereotyped no principle, had none of those qualities we associate with the founders of schools, and yet no philosopher of our generation lives on in his influence so definitely and so directly as he. The joy of living is in every word he has written. Few philosophers contradicted themselves more often or set forth with the full confidence of conviction so many inconsistent theories, yet few have had so many and so varied a following.

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