AN EXAMINATION OF SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON'S PHILOSOPHY and of the principal philosophical questions discussed in his writings
Edition: First edition.
London: Longman, Green, 1865. Octavo, original brown cloth and brown endpapers. pp viii, 560. Professionally resewn and rebacked with original spine laid down, rice paper repairs to inner hinges, wear to outer corners of covers repaired. Gilt spine stamping dulled, outer corners bruised, small ink signature on half-title page, else a VG copy, text clean and unworn. "In 1861 [sic] he published his only systematic treatise in first philosophy. This was his Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy, a comprehensive critique of the latter's rationalism and intuitionism. So effective was Mill's critique that this work effectively dated itself and is now unfortunately neglected...Mill has no trouble in showing the logical confusion in this claim. Hamilton wants to have it both ways—all our knowledge is relative or phenomenal and within this phenomenal realm we can discover concepts which apply absolutely or non-relatively to the noumenal things-in-themselves. Mansel's views receive Mill's particular scorn: if terms are not to be used in their ordinary sense then they ought not be used at all. A being, no matter how powerful, whose acts cannot be described in terms characteristic of human morality, is not one that we can reasonably worship. Mill made his well-known proclamation that 'I will call no being good who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow creatures, and if such a being can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, then to hell I will go.' " - Fred Wilson, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
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