Date of Award

Spring 1930

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Thomas Hardy as a novelist demands much admiration; as a poet, much sympathy. He is above all an artist, to my mind, a man of genius. He is also instinctively a philosopher, and his literary productions are thought-filled. His philosophy of life is very definitely expressed in his works, although he repeatedly warns us that it is only "Tentative." However, we cannot refrain from taking it seriously, perhaps because it is inately so very serious. The whole problem of my thesis centers about Thomas Hardy's philosophy. It is a monistic and deterministic philosophy, and I see in it a decided relationship to the monistic philosophy of Arthus Schopenhauer.