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1901.] Philosophy at Harvard. 477 
table of the Dean, which records these migrating graduate students 
who come to us for advanced work after graduate studies at other 
universities, is as follows ; Mathematics 8, Natural History 7, 
Political Science 7, Modern Languages 11, Classics 14, History 15, 
English Literature 16, Philosophy 20. If we consider the whole 
advanced work of the University, that is, the totality of those courses 
which are announced as w primarily for Graduates,” we find that 
the following number of “ graduate students,” including the gradu¬ 
ate members of the Professional Schools, have taken part : Classics 
108, Philosophy 96, English 75, German 61, History and Govern¬ 
ment 52, Romance Languages 45, Mathematics 89, Economies 28, 
Chemistry 21, in the other departments less than twenty. But 
this situation turns still more strongly in favor of Philosophy as 
soon as we consider the technical research courses, those which in 
the language of the catalogue are known as the 20-courses, and 
omit those graduate courses which are essentially lecture courses. 
In these research courses the number of graduate students is: 
Philosophy 71, History and Government 34, Chemistry 18, Zo¬ 
ology 12, Geology 10, and in the other departments less than ten. 
These few figures may be sufficient to indicate not only the extent 
of the Department and its influence, but above all the harmonious 
character of this development. The most elementary courses, the 
solid routine courses, and the most advanced courses show equal 
signs of growth and progress, and the whole work with its many 
side branches remains a well-connected unity with a clear sys¬ 
tematic plan. All this must be understood before one can appre¬ 
ciate the striking contrast between the work and the workshop. It 
is easy of course at once to say that the truth of a metaphysical 
thought does not depend upon the room in which it is taught, and 
that the philosopher is not, like a physicist or chemist, dependent 
upon outer equipments. But this is only half true, and the half of 
the statement which is false is of great importance. 
The dependence upon outer conditions is perhaps clearest in the 
case of psychology, which has been for the last twenty-five years an 
objective science with all the paraphernalia of an experimental 
study ; the psychologist of to-day needs a well-equipped laboratory 
no less than the physicist. Harvard has given the fullest acknow¬ 
ledgment to this modern demand, and has spent large sums to 
provide the University with the instruments of an excellent psy¬ 
chological laboratory ; the one thing which we miss is room, simply


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