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because they ultimately throw light on these questions, which are, in my opinion, the most immediate 

concern of mankind. These pages offer a "Philosophy of Freedom".

All science would be nothing but the satisfaction of idle curiosity did it not strive to raise the value of 

existence for the personality of man. The sciences attain their true value only by showing the human 

significance of their results. The ultimate aim of the individual can never be the cultivation of a single 

faculty, but only the development of all the capacities that slumber within us. Knowledge has value 

only in so far as it contributes to the all-round development of the whole nature of man.

This book, therefore, conceives the relationship between science and life, not in such a way that man 

must bow down before an idea and devote his powers to its service, but in the sense that he masters 

the world of ideas in order to use them for his human aims, which transcend those of mere science.

One must be able to confront an idea and experience it; otherwise one will fall into its bondage.

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