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Philosophical Essays.

STEWART Dugald (1810)

£1500.00  [First Edition]

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First Edition. 4to. xii, [1 (errata slip)], lxxvi, 590, [1 (advertisement leaf)] pp. Text lightly browned. Original boards, uncut (paper spine renewed and with repairs to the joints). Edinburgh: by George Ramsay and Company, for William Creech, and Archibald Constanble and Company, Edinburgh; T. Cadell, [etc.], London.

This work was part of the ongoing debate, held particularly between Francis Jeffrey and Dugald Stewart, that had begun with Stewart's publication of An Account of the Life and Writings of Thomas Reid. In the present work Stewart notes that "... in order to prepare the way for a just and comprehensive system of logic, a previous study of our nature [Stewart had noted Aristotle's apparent omission of the need for improvement of the mind], considered as one great whole, is indispensibly requisite. To establish this fundamental principle, and to exemplify it in some of its practical applications, was one of the main objects I had in view when I first entered upon my inquiries into the Human Mind". Jeffrey's response to this, published in the Edinburgh Review, contended that practical improvements in science, that is observation and experiment, could be achieved without the hindering unwieldiness of such a methodology as the philosophy of the mind. In this rebuttal, however, Jeffrey was more aligned with Hume than with either Stewart or Reid.

Provenance: John Leaper Newton, J.P., D.L. (1754-1819), of Mickleover, Derbyshire, High Sheriff 1798, assumed the name of Newton by royal licence in 1798, with signature and 19th-century armorial bookplate.

Stock Code: 54093