Lectures on the Harvard Classics (Classic Reprint)by William Allan Neilson
Classics is already prefaced by a short introduction containing the main events in the life of the author, the circumstances under which the hook was written, and some indication of its importance in its own department of thought. Those introductions should be regarded as supplementary to these lectures, giving the more
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Classics is already prefaced by a short introduction containing the main events in the life of the author, the circumstances under which the hook was written, and some indication of its importance in its own department of thought. Those introductions should be regarded as supplementary to these lectures, giving the more detailed facts, while the lectures will aim to present such larger considerations as may place the reader in the intellectual attitude most advantageous for the profitable study of the works themselves.
The lectures will be written by a large staff of scholars drawn from the Faculty of Harvard University, and all of them specialists in the departments with which they deal. While all will be guided by the general purposes of the Course as here set forth, no attempt will be made to induce them to conform to a single rigid scheme of treatment. Through this freedom the student will derive the benefit of the stimulus arising from a large variety of methods and points of view, and will receive as much as the printed page permits of that personal quality which is so valuable an element in the best teaching.
By these means it is hoped that the fortunate possessors of The Harvard Classics may be enabled to gain the greatest possible advantage from an educational opportunity such as has never before been presented in a form so generally accessible.
As a further aid to readers in connection with the Lectures on Dr. Eliot's Five-foot Shelf of Books, a Consulting Service Bureau has been established to furnish by mail upon request authoritative information and advice regarding any subject covered in the Lecture Courses.
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