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WITHIN OUR LIMITS

ESSAYS ON QUESTIONS MORAL
RELIGIOUS, AND HISTORICAL

BY

ALICE GARDNER
Lecturer in History at Newnham College, Cambridge
AUTHOR OF " THEODORE OF STUDIUM," " THE LASCARIDS OF NICAA,"

" THE CONFLICT OF DUTIES,

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T. FISHER UNWIN

LONDON: ADELPHI TERRACE

LEIPSIC: INSELSTRASSE 20

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PREFACE

THESE essays, with the exception of one, were originally addresses, mainly given to audiences of women students. The one on “The Greek Spirit and the Mediæval Church” was delivered, by kind invitation of Dr. Rendel Harris, at the Woodbrooke Settlement for religious and social studies. That on “Reason and Feeling in Social Questions” was given at Ipswich, to ladies who had been pupils at the High School in that town. The little paper on Theodoret has appeared in The Modern Churchman, and I acknowledge the kindness of the editor, the Rev. H. D. A. Major, for allowing it to be reprinted here.

The title was suggested in the course of looking through the essays with a view to publication, as emphasizing the one principle that seemed to run through them all : that for clear thinking on fundamental principles and for concentrated action in dealing with present-day problems, as well as for the sympathetic and rational interpretation of the past, we need to spend more time and energy than we always feel ready to give in marking out the several fields before us, pointing out distinctions among the things submitted to our observation, and tracing as far as possible their

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