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Lectures and Essays

Lectures and Essays
2 Volume Paperback Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108040969

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  • A fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and of the Royal Society, William Clifford (1845–79) made his reputation in applied mathematics, but his interests ranged far more widely, encompassing ethics, evolution, metaphysics and philosophy of mind. This posthumously collected two-volume work, first published in 1879, bears witness to the dexterity and eclecticism of this Victorian thinker, whose commitment to the most abstract principles of mathematics and the most concrete details of human experience resulted in vivid and often unexpected arguments. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Frederick Pollock (a close friend and colleague), the essays show Clifford's thorough engagement with scientific thought as a method for illuminating ethical and moral questions. They include 'On Some of the Conditions of Mental Development', 'On the Scientific Basis of Morals' and 'The Ethics of Belief'. Pollock also supplied a biography which focuses on Clifford's devotion to the principles of scientific enquiry and experiment.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108040969
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 40 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction:
    1. Biographical
    2. Selections from letters, etc.
    3. Bibliographical
    Lectures and Essays:
    1. On some of the conditions of mental development
    2. On theories of the physical forces
    3. On the aims and instruments of scientific thought
    4. Atoms
    5. The first and last catastrophe
    6. The unseen universe
    7. The philosophy of the pure sciences. Volume 2: Lectures and Essays continued:
    8. Instruments used in measurement
    9. Body and mind
    10. On the nature of things-in-themselves
    11. On the types of compound statement involving four classes
    12. On the scientific basis of morals
    13. Right and wrong: the scientific ground of their distinction
    14. The ethics of belief
    15. The ethics of religion
    16. The influence upon morality of a decline in religious belief
    Cosmic emotion
    Virchow on the teaching of science.

  • Author

    William Kingdon Clifford


    Leslie Stephen

    Frederick Pollock

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