Excerpt from Is the Order of Nature Opposed to the Moral Life?: An Inaugural Address Delivered in the University of Glasgow on October 23rd, 1894 I am glad to believe, as I assume the responsibilities which have been laid upon me, that those of you who have kwn Mr. Caird will t withhold your sympathy from his successor. I do t intend to estimate either his services to this University, or his contribution to philosophic thought: the time for that has t yet come, I rejoice to say. The power of his spoken word is t yet spent, his work is still before him, and the light of his teaching is broadening as the years pass. And besides, the main conceptions on which he based his life and which he applied to the interpretation of man's duty and destiny, are t of a character that admits of a summary estimate. They can neither be refuted r accepted in a day. Great thoughts live; they have a way of catching new meanings from the minds they mould, and their immortality is due to their power of changing with the times they educate. We do t order our conduct w according to the Ethics of Aristotle, r our civic affairs according to the Republic of Plato; but we have t refuted them. Plato and Aristotle, Spiza and Hume, Kant and Hegel are t there either for mere refutation, or for mere appropriation, any more than are the great poets, or the peaks of the Grampians. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.