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GRAMMAR OF PHILOSOPHY

INTRODUCTION

IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE

“The lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”—Prov. xx. 15.

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Universality of Human Interests.—Man is a being whose interests are universal. Beginning with his own soul, they extend into the depths of Space, and include everything that comes within his ken. He investigates molecules, he surveys the solar system ; he speculates upon atoms, he weighs the Globe; he peers at microbes with a microscope and has visions of angels and archangels; he is subject to death and yet believes in immortality: so wide is the range of human interests.

Man is a Social Being. Man is also a social being; and in obedience to the dictates of his nature, he delights to communicate with his fellow-beings on the things which engage his interest.

As Reginald Scott long ago expressed it, “In mine own opinion, whosoever shall perform anything, or attain to any knowledge, or whosoever shall travel through all the nations of the world, or, if it were possible, should peep into the heavens, the consolation or admiration thereof were nothing pleasant to him unless he had liberty to impart his knowledge to his friends." 1 So

· Discoverie of Witchcraft, Ep. xix. So Aristotle :-"He that is incapable of society, or so complete in himself as not to want it, makes no part

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