This chapter reproduces Faraday's surviving writings of the 1810s on the subject of self-improvement, chiefly his lectures to the City Philosophical Society. These are: Faraday, from the Correspondence (1812–16); Faraday, from Observations on the Means of Obtaining Knowledge (1817); Faraday, from ‘Observations on the Inertia of the Mind’ (1818); Faraday's indexes to eighteenth-century periodicals; and Faraday, from ‘Observations on Mental Education’ (1854).
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