Excerpt from Natural History of Intellect: And Other Papers The first two pieces in this volume are lectures from the University Courses on philosophy, given at Harvard College in 1870 and 1871, by persons t members of the Faculty. The Natural History of the Intellect was the subject which Emerson chose. He had from his early youth cherished the project of a new method in metaphysics, proceeding by observation of the mental facts, without attempting an analysis and coordination of them, which must, from the nature of the case, be premature. With this view, he had, at intervals from 1848 to 1866, anunced courses on the Natural History of Intellect, The Natural Method of Mental Philosophy, and Philosophy for the People. He would, he said, give anecdotes of the spirit, a calendar of mental moods, without any pretense of system. None of these attempts, however, disclosed any velty of method, or, indeed, after the opening statement of his intention, any marked difference from his ordinary lectures. 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.