Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind.

MILL James (1829.)

£1000.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Two volumes. 8vo. iv, 320; iv, 312 pp. Some minor spotting to title and final leaf of Vol. 1. Modern half green morocco outlined in gilt with green cloth covered boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt on red morocco label, marbled edges. An excellent copy. London, Baldwin & Cradock.

Mill’s principal philosophical work, in which he demonstrated "how all mental activity can be explained by the ways in which the sensations obtained through sense receptors, such as ears, eyes and nose, associate with each other in an organised way, and form more complex emotions, ideas and capacities. It is largely an exercise in logical construction rather than a psychological account ... The result is what Mill intended to produce: a small set of general principles derived from an examination of the structure of the human mind, a set that we can then use to formulate practical measures for the improvement of human welfare" (Mander & Sell, The Continuum encyclopaedia of British philosophy, pp. 790–91).

Provenance: from the library of the scholar and bibliographer John Stephens (1948-2006), with his small bookplate to the front pastedown of Vol. 1. 

Stock Code: 233489

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