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INTRODUCTION

M. Masson-Oursel has undoubtedly succeeded in writing a book that cannot fail to excite interest, to attract attention, and to provoke discussion, if not challenge.

Ostensibly and purposively designed for the advancement of philosophy to the high level of posit ivity, this study of Comparative, or Compared, Philosophy nevertheless appears to present us with a method of investigation, a mode of thought, that may well become useful, if not indispensable, to those who would pursue Science. That is, to those who would pursue that Science which, in the words of Harvey, is a habit in respect of things to be known. The form of knowledge and thought which merely enables us to do things we have not hitherto done, such as the listening to a broadcast message, or the administering of poison gas, does not necessarily imply the scientific habit of mind.