The Philosophy of Teaching by Arnold Tompkins

The Philosophy of Teaching

byArnold Tompkins

Paperback | January 18, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... weeks, should be spent in observing, comparing and contrasting, abstracting, and generalizing, before any effort is made to formulate a definition. The formal definition of an infinitive is the last step in the process and not the first, as usually given. A definition made in this way, when asked for in reproduction, will not be remembered as a form of words; but the entire experience in making the definition will, in brief, be repeated. Definitions made in this way cannot be forgotten; or, if forgotten, may be reconstructed on a moment's notice. THINKING THE EXTENT OF A CLASS. Definition is the process of thinking diversity into unity; division is the process of thinking unity into diversity. In definition, the mental movement is from the individuals toward the general; in division, from the general towards the individuals. The first is the "upward way" of knowing; the second, the "downward way"; using Plato's words. Each process is necessary to the full meaning of the other; and the two constitute the method in every scientific classification; the one setting forth the content of the class, and the other, the extent. Definition sets forth the unity of the noun by giving its content; connecting it at the same time with the other parts of speech. Division separates this class into the kinds; as concrete and abstract nouns; uniting at the same time the two classes into the class noun. These may again be subdivided into others; and the process thus continued till individuals are reached; connecting at each subdivision the parts into the whole subdivided. By these two movements, we arrive at an organic, unified conception of the noun. It should be observed that each division has implicit in it a new definition; while each definition involves a division. The ...

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Title:The Philosophy of TeachingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217761011

ISBN - 13:9780217761017

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