ABC of philosophy by Grace Frieda Landsberg (1909) PDF book
Excerpt from the author’s introduction:
About three years ago, when I was read- ing or rather working through Goethe’s Faust (it took me over six months), with my dear friend and teacher Fraulein A. Goetze, I found that I could not appreciate and understand half of what I read, owing to the fact that I knew nothing at all of Philosophy — I am mistaken when I say “nothing at all.” I wish it had been so! — No, I had the usual erroneous ideas of a girl of sixteen educated under the modern system. Philosophy to me, meant Fatalism, and Atheism, — a wicked science certainly, and one likely to put its devotees into a most interesting frame of mind! Such a state of affairs could not last, however, as I was taking my literature very much “au serieux.” I hunted accordingly for a book which would give me in a simple, clear, and concise manner, the elementary theories of Philosophy, but in vain, — the books I bought were not only miles beyond my comprehension, but the language used was so confusing that I as really worse off than before. Here again, my dear Goetze came to my aid in giving me a few clear ideas on this subject, and it was these notes and hints that I took as the fundamental basis of my book when, three months ago, I decided to write it.