Excerpt from The Principle of Individuality and Value: The Gifford Lectures for 1911 Delivered in Edinburgh University These lectures, however defective, at least contain the record of a very strong conviction. I feel assured that a great deal is offered us, especially in modern philosophy, which we do t really care about and cant seriously expect to prove. On the other hand, I am persuaded that if we critically consider what we really want and need, we shall find that it can be rationally established by a straightforward argument. In thus maintaining that philosophy gives us the quintessence of life, I am t suggesting that the best thing in life is the pursuit of philosophy. What I mean is that the things which are most important in mans experience are also the things which are most certain to his thought. And further, I should urge, this is t an accident but inevitable, because importance and reality are sides of the same characteristic. And if, as is quite likely, I have almost entirely failed to maintain this connection in its detail, I am confident that others will be found to take up the work with better success. 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.