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By S. S. HEBBERD
(From the Chicago Tribune)
"How so simple a thought as this can be carried out as a law of interpretation in the study of the great distinctive, historic civilization as that of India, the classical, the medieval, the Reformation, the genesis of science, modern art and morality, and the social revolution since the reformation is what the author has attempted to show in this remarkably lucid, cogent, and suggestive book."
"It is, in fact, one of the most penetrating and illuminating philosophical-historical essays that have appeared for a long while. And its style indicates, to an uncommon degree, not only strong mastery of the theme, but a singularly fine self-mastery, which holds the author so perfectly to his single aim. One who reads intelligently this book, whether or not he accept fully the theory, will get a clew to modern thought and modern history he did not have, at least so clearly, before."
(From The Reformed Church Review)
"If this book had the imprint of Berlin or Oxford upon its title-page it would command immediate attention. The author himself feels that it is heavily handicapped by the very grandeur of its pretensions. . . . After reading a few pages one is captivated by the simlicity, the directness and the penetration of the author. He makes you think. Whether you agree with him or not you cannot deny that you are confronted by a man who has read widely, pondered his material carefully and thought clearly. The work deserves far more popularity than it appears to have received.
"... The reader is naturally afraid of a man who has found a key, especially one that will explain all the mysteries of civilization. Yet it must be conceded that the writer pleads his cause with remarkable ingenuity, and with his striking antitheses and epigrammatic sentences throws new light upon his subject at many points. If he does nothing else he sets one thinking along the broad deep lines which are coextensive with the breadth and depth of the racial movement itself.
. . The book abounds in keen distinctions like these. They may raise problems rather than solve them, but a production that does even that is well worth reading."
(From Rev. N. Mcgee Waters, Pastor Tompkins Ave. Cong. Church, Brooklyn, New York)
"I am not certain yet whether I am satisfied that you have found the solution of the riddle. Your solution at first strikes one as too simple—but so are all the great laws simple. Anyhow, for horizon, inspiration and outlook and as a compendium of learning it is a book of the first rank. I am going to read it again."
"'The Philosophy of History' is a timely work and one that will be sought after by all students and lovers of history. In this work the author has given to the world a book that should bring him fame as a reward for a lifetime of labor spent in its preparation."—Southern Star, Atlanta, Ga.
"A book into which a strong thinker has put a large part of the forces of his life is not to be set aside lightly. And this book will repay careful study. . . . These are the merest hints of the scheme of thought which the writer of this book has developed with much wealth of historical illustration and fine philosophical insight."—The Christian Century.
"There is very much that is weighty as well as ingenious in your speculations upon the Philosophy of Art. I have seen no better theory of the beautiful than yours."—C. E. Norton, LL.D., L.H.D., Prof, of Art in Harvard University.
"This book is a noble contribution to the philosophy of history. We feel convinced that it will find its way to readers of every class."— New York World.
"This book is abundant evidence of the high philosophical ability of the author. Its characterization of artistic, industrial and moral tendencies is capital."—Wm. D. Hyde, D.D., LL.D., Fres't Bowdoin College.
"The style is as clear as a crystal, while the ideas are singularly marked by modesty, manliness and affluent suggestiveness."—Christian Era.
"Your book seems to me an epoch-making book. It is the clearest, most profound and most rational exposition of the science of thinking that I have ever seen. I have studied Lotze, . . . and many others, but I have really got a better outlook into thought and life, a firmer foundation for faith and reason in your little book than from them all." —Rev. John Faville, D.D., Peoria, III.
"A book of very great value. . . . The latter part, where you treat of the distinction between idealism and realism and apply it to the various fields of human life, and especially to human history, seems to me of fascinating interest. I do not know when I have read more suggestive pages in the line of the philosophy of history than in your book."—Pres't G. A. Gates, D.D., LL.D., Iowa College.
"Your principle is a pregnant one. In the teaching of Psychology,. I have made large use of it, especially under the subject of perception and consciousness."—Ex-Pres't E. H. Merrell, D.D., Ripon College.
"It is an able and thoughtful discussion."—Prof. Geo. P. Fisher, Yale University.
"I have read it with the deepest interest, and with, regret that I have never come to know before one of so much ability and depth of research."—Prof. G. B. Wiixcox, D.D., Chicago Theological Seminary.
"You have pursued without deviation a line of reasoning that is very suggestive and worthy of earnest attention."—Fres't R. C. Flagg, D.D., Ripon College.
"It comes to me in philosophy as the Golden Rule does in ethics. The foundation principle is simple; the application tremendous in its sweep. I know it is the finest, freshest and most original putting that I have found in my reading."—Rev. Henry Faville, D.D., La Crosse, Wis.
"Your chapter upon Art is delightful."—Prof. C. M. Tyler, Cornell University.
"We do not remember to have ever read a more able and comprehensive account of the progress of civilization within so small a compass nor one so suggestive of thought."—Cincinnati Commercial-Gazette.
"A tremendous task is attempted here. . . . The book must be read to gain the author's conception and is sure to repay the reading."— Auburn Seminary Review.
"'The Philosophy of History* is a carefully wrought essay in which the attempt is made to establish a single law of thought which will successfully explain the course of human development. . . . Taking this fundamental law as a key, the author applies it in turn to the doors of human history and makes it open them all in succession from the contemplative systems of Indian thought to the industrial conflicts of the nineteenth century. The book cannot be even summarized here, but it may be said that its treatment of old problems is fresh, logical and in many respects convincing. Especially is this true of the chapters on classical and medieval art in which the fundamental law is admirably illustrated."—The Dial.
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