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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII Intellectual History. Origins
And Transition When we come to attempt an estimate of Morris as a
thinker, several difficulties must be acknowledged, and borne in
mind throughout. First, materials for an intimate review of his
entire mental history are lacking. Till the year 1874, when the
Ueberweg translation and the articles on Trendelenburg were
published, we find ourselves compelled to fall back upon such
general considerations as we may derive from the tendencies of New
England culture taken as a special phenomenon. No doubt these are
definite enough. But, second, documentary evidence fails us to mark
the steps whereby he passed from childhood faith to a more or less
sceptical mood. Personal recollections, too, are scanty. For,
sensitive and shy, he never wore his heart on his sleeve.
Nevertheless, it is certain that, during his first years at
Michigan, he was ill at ease, to some he appeared even distraught.
Third, for eight years after 1870, his main strength was absorbed
by active work as a teacher of modern languages. Likely enough,
this may have been advantageous--he was under no temptation, much
less compulsion, to declare himself, and so avoided the troubles of
premature pronouncement. He had time to mature his conclusions and,
fighting his way through while his teachers receded into the past,
he schooled himself after his own fashion. Indeed, the
characteristics, noted already by Dr. Tucker in college days, were
destined to mark him always. His later thoughts, like his early
opinions, attest his personal outlook rather than the influence of
masters. In any case, it is not till 1880 that he begins to betray
a distinct swing towards the standpoint with which he will ever be
associated in the history of American philosophy. His major...
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