Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name


Department (Legacy)

Academic Department

Committee Chair

Perrow, Eber Carle, 1880-


Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924


A man's philosophy is his view of life. And every man who has lived his life – not merely spent it – has a philosophy. The convictions which go to make up this philosophy are rooted in the sub-soil of his experience. This sub-soil may contain ingredients carried up to him from the past of his race, of his nation, of his ancestors. His insight into his environment is not merely the view of a detached individual. The sad and gloomy experiences of Conrad's parents (banished to Vologda for taking part in Polish rebellion 1862) probably started in his child mind many of the doubts and resentments which he gives expression to in his pessismism. Conrad is incapable of a cheerful view of life. To him life is tragic and the world is evil. The record a man leaves is the story of his heroic struggle to conquer in his contention with Fate, which Conrad believes wills the tragedy of life. Man's struggle is complicated by baffling failures and unaccountable injustices. But his will to grapple is strengthened by his antagonism.