By: Thomas Troward (1847-1916)
Thomas Troward was a divisional Judge in British-administered India. His avocation was the study of comparative religion. Influences on his thinking, as well as his later writing, included the teachings of Christ, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. After his retirement from the judiciary in 1896, Troward set out to apply logic and a judicial weighing of evidence in the study of matters of cause and effect.
The philosopher William James characterized Troward’s Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science as "far and away the ablest statement of philosophy I have met, beautiful in its sustained clearness of thought and style, a really classic statement."
According to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) archivist Nell Wing, early AA members were strongly encouraged to read Thomas Troward's Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science. In the opening of the 2006 film The Secret , introductory remarks credit Troward's philosophy with inspiring the movie and its production. (Summary by Wikipedia)
THE EDINBURGH LECTURES ON MENTAL SCIENCE
BY THOMAS TROWARD LATE DIVISIONAL JUDGE, PUNJAB
THE WRITER AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATES THIS LITTLE VOLUME TO HIS WIFE
This book contains the substance of a course of lectures recently given by
the writer in the Queen Street Hall, Edinburgh. Its purpose is to indicate
the Natural Principles governing the relation between Mental Action and
Material Conditions, and thus to afford the student an intelligible
starting point for the practical study of the subject.
I. SPIRIT AND MATTER.
II. THE HIGHER MODE OF INTELLIGENCE CONTROLS THE LOWER
III. THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT
IV. SUBJECTIVE AND OBJECTIVE MIND
V. FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING SUBJECTIVE AND OBJECTIVE MIND
VI. THE LAW OF GROWTH
VIII. RECIPROCAL ACTION OF THE UNIVERSAL AND INDIVIDUAL MINDS
IX. CAUSES AND CONDITIONS
XII. THE WILL
XIII. IN TOUCH WITH SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
XIV. THE BODY
XV. THE SOUL
XVI. THE SPIRIT
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