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Annual Meeting (1867)


Annual Meeting (1867)

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Excerpt from book: LECTURE II. SOCRATES AS A TEACHER. By William s. Tyler, Professor In Amheust Collkok. My subject is Socrates as a model teacher. If it has not the merit of being novel, or modern, or fashionable, it is at least a subject which the speaker understands, or ought to understand, and in which he is deeply interested: and therefore, on the principle which was so well illustrated in the lecture last evening, it is one which he may hope to make intelligible and interesting to his hearers. When I was first requested to deliver a lecture before the members of the Institute, and the teachers present on this occasion, I had some faint hope that I should be able to prepare one on a subject which is now exciting great interest in the public mind, and which, I sec, is assigned as the topic for discussion on Thursday afternoon — the place of the sciences and the classics in a liberal education. But I soon discovered that that subject would require an amount of reading and study which would be utterly precluded by the engagements and the recreations which belong to this season of the year: and I accordingly declined the appointment. But declining, I find, does not do any good with our good President. At any rate, he does not allow. any of the teachers, whose services he has the personal, scarcely less than the official, right to command, so to decline, or be declined, as to be wanting in any case. So I am here rather against my will. I do not know whether this proposition accords with the Burlington doctrine of the will: but whether it is according to the most approved theory of the will or not, I assure you it is true as a matter of fact. I am here rather against my will, with rather an old lecture on rather an old theme: but before I have done, I hope you will acknowledge that it has...  
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