On the Progress of Ethical Philosophy: Chiefly During the Xviith Xviiith Centuries (Classic Reprint)

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The late Mr. Dugald Stewart and Mr. Playfair had agreed to furnish Dissertations, the one on the history of Metaphysical, Ethical, and Political Philo sophy, the other on the history of Mathematical and Physical Science, to be prefixed to the Supplement to the Encyclopceolia Britannica. The design was not completed by either of those illustrious writers. Both died before their respective portions of it were finished. The history of the mathematical and physical sciences, by the latter, was brought down to the period marked by the discoveries of Newton and Leibnitz; and the history of metaphysical philosophy was, by the former, brought down to the close of the last century. In treating this great branch of his subject, Mr. Stewart has occasionally adverted to the kindred branches of ethics and politics; but there was wanting to the completion of his design a full view of the progress of opinion in those sciences, particularly during the eighteenth century. In 1828, a new and improved edition of the Encyclopceolia, being the seventh, was projected, and it was a part of the Editor's plan for the improvement of this edition, to continue the mag nificent historical Dissertations that had been published with the Supplement, and to prefix the whole,-in their completed form, to this edition of the prmcipal work. A proposal to write a Dissertation in continuation of that of Mr. Stewart upon the Ethical and Political Philosophy of the last century, was, in August 1828,accordingly made to Sir James, by the Editor, Mr. Macvey, Napier. Having already resolved to devote the remainder of his labours to British history, he had considerable difficulty in acceding to the proposal. But his love of the subject, his natural wish to preserve some of his early reading and re?ections, and the entreaties of Mr. Napier, who had a few years before been introduced to him by Mr. Stewart, and with whom he was in the habit of corresponding, prevailed over his scruples, and an agreement in consequence took place for the execution of an historical Disserta tion, embracing this Object, and extending over the period that had been left untouched by his predecessor. It had originally been agreed, as above stated, that the Dissertation Should include political as well ethical philosophy, but the author's uncertain health, and the parliamentary duties of an interesting crisis, occasioned the abandonment of this part of the plan, and even obliged him to omit the history of the ethical philo sophy of the Continent.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - James Mackintosh


Published Date - August 27 2019

ISBN - 9780266745525

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm

Page Count - 448

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