This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book
(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated.1856 Excerpt: ... THE NATURE, AND INFLUENCE, OF THE
HISTORIC SPIRIT. AN INAUGURAL DISCOURSE DELIVERED IN ANDOVER
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, FEB. 15, 1854. The purpose of an Inaugural
Discourse is, to give a correct and weighty impression of the
importance of some particular department of knowledge. Provided the
term be employed in the technical sense of Aristotle and
Quinctilian, the Inaugural is a demonstrative oration, the aim of
which is to justify the existence of a specific professorship, and
to magnify the specific discipline which it imparts. It must,
consequently, be the general object of the present discourse to
praise the department, and recommend the study, of History. As we
enter upon the field which opens out before us, we are bewildered
by its immense expanse. The whole hemisphere overwhelms the eye.
The riches of the subject embarrass the discussion. For this
science is the most comprehensive of all departments of human
knowledge. In its unrestricted and broad signification, it includes
all other branches of human inquiry. Everything in existence has a
history, though it may not have a philosophy, or a poetry; and,
therefore, history covers and 10 (113) pervades and enfolds all
things as the atmosphere does the globe. Its subject-matter is all
that man has thought, felt, and done, and the line of Schiller is
true even if taken in its literal sense: the final judgment is the
history of the world. If it were desirable to bring the whole
encyclopaedia of human knowledge under a single term, certainly
history would be chosen as the most comprehensive and elastic of
all. And if we consider the mental qualifications required for its
production, the department whose nature and claims we are
considering, still upholds its superiority, in regard to
universality and comprehe...
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!