The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent

The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent  (1915) 
by John Erskine


THE

MORAL OBLIGATION

TO BE INTELLIGENT

and Other Essays


BY

JOHN ERSKINE, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY


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Copyright, 1915, by

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CONTENTS

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The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent 3
The Call to Service 35
The Mind of Shakspere 73
Magic and Wonder in Literature 119


NOTE

The title essay, originally read before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Amherst College, is reprinted with the editor's courteous permission from the Hibbert Journal. The last essay also was read before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Amherst College, and before the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of New York City.

In different ways the four essays set forth one theme—the moral use to which intelligence might be put, in rendering our admirations and our loyalties at once more sensible and more noble.


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