282 History of Wake Forest College
being devoted to the more elementary pedagogical principles and the
history of pedagogy, the second year to school management and
methods. He also assisted in other departments and in his last year
trained the classes in the Gymnasium. His successor was Professor
Darius Eatman, a Master of Arts of the University of North Carolina
and a graduate student in Columbia University. He changed the name
to the "School of Education," but made little change in the course as
given by his predecessor. In addition to his work in Pedagogy
Professor Eatman assisted in the department of English, and directed
the music in chapel and church, and organized and trained the first
Glee Club. The further development of the department of Education
will be told of in a later chapter.
Of the other departments already established on President Taylor's
assumption of his office some account must be given.
In accord with the custom of the day Dr. Taylor, as president of the
College, became professor of Moral Philosophy, and so continued till
his death in October, 1915. This was a position for which by native
endowment and by interest and study both in the University of
Virginia and reading he was eminently well fitted. When in the
University he had read all Plato in the original and had become well
acquainted with the problems of ancient and modern philosophy.
While a pronounced conservative of the Sir William Hamilton type he
kept apace with the modern developments in the field of psychology
and modified his teaching to take account of them with some
dissection of the nervous system of lower animals. In discussing
philosophic questions of the most serious import to human life he
always faced the truth and advised his students to do likewise, but for
him the highest good was in the conformity of one's life to the will of
God and he used the close reasoning of Butler's Analogy to give his
students a basis for their Christian faith. They felt that Dr. Taylor was
a great teacher of great truths. As he stood before them in native and
unassumed majesty and yet with sympathetic interest he quickened
them; their teacher was in quest of truth and they
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