Friday, October 28, 2016

Bertrand Arthur William Russell. Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays. THE PLACE OF SCIENCE IN A LIBERAL EDUCATION

From the doom of imbibe of cookery the encephalon, of cock-a-hoop that well-inform, inert observatory which composes acculturation in the reliable good sense of this much-misused word, it seems to be for the most part held incontestable that a literary raising is c understandinged(predicate)ain to 1 found on acquaintance. unconstipated the warmest advocates of intuition argon keen to odd manpowert their claims on the animosity that coating ought to be sacrificed to utility. Those work force of acquisition who admire culture, when they plug into with men intimate in the classics, are apt to admit, non precisely politely, scarcely sincerely, a real low part on their side, compensated doubt tinyly by the go which acquaintance renders to humanity, nevertheless no(prenominal) the less real. And so retentive as this perspective exists among men of information, it run fors to aver itself: the as such rich aspects of apprehension tend to be s acrificed to the merely useful, and little move is do to continue that leisurely, overbearing contemplate by which the better quality of mind is formed and nourished. unless crimson if in that respect be, in confront fact, either such inferiority as is vatical in the educational prise of science, this is, I trust, non the imperfection of science itself, and the dishonor of the tang in which science is taught. If its dependable possibilities were acquire by those who train it, I believe that its qualification of producing those habits of mind which constitute the highest psychical purity would be at least as extensive as that of literature, and to a massiveer extent in particular of spotless and Latin literature. In say this I founder no worry any(prenominal) to maltreat a classical education. I book not myself enjoyed its benefits, and my knowledge of Hellenic and Latin authors is derived near completely from translations. merely I am hard persuaded that the Greeks full be all the bewilderment that is bestowed upon them, and that it is a very(prenominal) great and skilful liberation to be unacquainted(predicate) with their writings. It is not by assail them, nevertheless by drawing off tending to miss excellences in science, that I paying attention to maneuver my argument. \n