Originally published in 1961. This book is a study of some important ways of knowledge and experience and of the symbols through which they become articulate. Both ‘knowledge’ and ‘experience’ are interpreted in wide senses which are sanctioned by common use – though not always by the usage of philosophers and scientists. The four main fields considered are: the arts, religion, moral knowledge, and our knowledge of one another. These fields, though distinguishable, are nevertheless found to be interrelated in subtle and interesting ways, and it is contended that increase of ‘wisdom’, or ‘educated understanding’, can be achieved only through acceptance and assimilation of all their many-sided disciplines into personal insight. The book deals in a new way with questions of perennial interest which, because they are fundamental, are difficult. Nevertheless, the writing is lucid and untechnical and addressed to a wide range of readers.

chapter |20 pages


part 1|68 pages

Knowledge and Experience of the Arts

chapter I|12 pages

Knowledge, Symbolization and Art

chapter II|17 pages

Poetry, Embodiment and Aesthetic Meaning

chapter III|25 pages

Values, Feeling and Embodiment

part 2|93 pages

Knowledge and Religion

chapter VI|16 pages

The ‘Languages’ of Religion

chapter VII|26 pages

Mythology and Religion

chapter VIII|13 pages

Christianity and History

part 3|38 pages

Moral Knowledge

chapter X|11 pages

Ethics and Knowledge of the Good

chapter XI|15 pages

The Nature and Knowledge of Right

chapter XII|10 pages

Principles and Rules

part 4|52 pages

Personal Knowledge 1