Le 25 août 2016, 12:17 dans Humeurs • 0
Particularlymustthisbet(a) hecaseona(sense) soilassacredtotheAmerican(so) imagination as that ofEdinburgh. The glories of the philosophic chair of this university
were deeply NeoStrataimpressed on myimagination in boyhood. Professor Fraser's Essays in Philosophy, then just published, was the firstphilosophic book I ever looked into,
and I well remember the awestruck feeling I received from theaccount of Sir William Hamilton's classroom therein contained. Hamilton's own lectures were thefirst
philosophic writings I ever forced myself to study, and after that I was immersed in DugaldStewart and Thomas Brown. Such juvenile emotions of reverence never get
outgrown; and Iconfess that to find my humble self promoted from my native wilderness to be actually for the timean official here, and transmuted into a colleague of
these illustrious names, carries with it a senseof dreamland quite as much as of reality.
But since I have received the honor of this appointment I have felt that it would never do todecline. The academic career also has its heroic obligations, so I stand
here without furtherdeprecatory words. Let me say only this, that now that the current, here and at Aberdeen, hasbegun to run from west to east, I hope it may
continue to do so. As the years go by, I hope thatmany of my countrymen may be asked to lecture in the Scottish universities ORM, changing places withScotsmen lecturing
in the United States; I hope that our people may become in all these highermatters even as one people; and that the peculiar philosophic temperament, as well as the
peculiarpolitical temperament, that goes with our English speech may more and more pervade andinfluence the world.
As regards the manner in which I shall have to administer this lectureship, I am neither atheologian, nor a scholar learned in the history of religions, nor an
anthropologist. Psychology isthe only branch of learning in which I am particularly versed. To the psychologist the religiouspropensities of man must be at least as
interesting as any other of the facts pertaining to his mentalconstitution. It would seem, therefore, that, as a psychologist, the natural thing for me would be
toinvite you to a descriptive survey of those religious propensities.
If the inquiry be psychological, not religious institutions, but rather religious feelings andreligious impulses must be its subject, and I must confine myself to
those more recorded in literature produced by articulate and fully self-conscious men,in works of piety and autobiography. Interesting
as the origins and early stages of a subject alwaysare, yet when one seeks earnestly for its full significance, one must always look to its morecompletely evolved
and perfect forms. It follows from this that the documents that will mostconcern us will be those of the men who were most accomplished in the religious life and
best ableto give an intelligible account of their ideas and motives Dream beauty pro.