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“ His criticisms are candid and highly instructive-0.9., those of the views of Bentham, Mill, and Bain. He manifests great aptitude in detecting radical defects, in exposing logical inconsistencies, and in detecting the legitimate tendencies of philosophical systems.”--British Quarterly, April 1868.

“The book is a model of conscientious and exact thinking on ethical subjects. His controversial analysis of Professor Bain seems to us particularly successful.” - Scotsman, May 6, 1868.

“Mr. Laurie, however, has shown considerable acuteness in dealing with some of the highest questions in ethics, and we think that the volume will throw a new light on many of the moral theories discussed therein.”--Examiner, April 18, 1868.

“His expositions of the philosophy of Lord Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Butler, and Hume are characterised by much steady insight, clear writing, and fairness of judgment.”- London Review.

“In all his writings he has displayed ripe scholarship; and in his more elaborate works deep thought and analytical power. ... The arguments are succinctly and tersely put, and, though scarcely exhaustive, are sufficient for the purposes of the student."--Banffshire Journal, March 17, 1868.

“They are a series of thoughtful and discriminating criticisms on the chief British writers on ethics. ... The examination of the more recent forms of Utilitarianism, as taught by Mr. Mill and Professor Bain, is especially able and searching.”-Freeman.

“Mr. Laurie's works have the merits of simplicity, brevity, comprehensiveness, and subtlety. He comprehends the problem to be solved in all its relations. . . . He is not an Intuitionalist; he is not a Utilitarian ; but he endeavours to adjust the strife between the two by a psychological analysis of the processes by which man attains to the discernment of moral relations and the experience of the appropriate emotions.”— New Englander (Quarterly Journal, United States).

“A very instructive survey of our British moralists.”Blackwood's Magazine.

EDMONSTON AND DOUGLAS, EDINBURGH.

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One Volume, Demy 810. Price 6s.

ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF ETHICS :

AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY.

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AUTHOR OF "DOCTRINE OF LATIN SYNTAX," AND "PRIMARY INSTRUCTION

IN RELATION TO EDUCATION."

“MR. LAURIE'S volume now before us is in substance, though not in form, a reply to Mr. Mill's · Utilitarianism.' Mr. Laurie has the metaphysical head and the metaphysical training of his countrymen, and has brought both to bear with great force on the problem proposed.”—Saturday Review.

“A notre avis l'auteur s'est acquitté en vrai philosophe de la tâche difficile et délicate qu'il s'est imposée, et nous croyons que son livre fera époque dans l'histoire des sciences morales.” - Revue Populaire (Paris).

“The discussion is able throughout; the handling of the topics is manly and vigorous; and the style, particularly in Chap. VIII., on the “Sanction of the Right,' and in Chap. X., on the “Immutability of Morality,' rises into true philosophical eloquence.”-Daily Review.

"The writer of the excellent little treatise before us holds an independent position between the conflicting schools. . . . It is simply the primary ground of obligation which he sets himself to trace; and this singleness of aim he has pursued with a laudable pertinacity throughout his whole treatise, which, considering how often it touches on points that might well tempt a writer to stray, is a remarkable example of the intellectual self-control which confines its author to the path he has marked out.”London Review.

“Mr. Laurie's essay will do a great deal to pave the way for a final and satisfactory settlement of the question (of a moral sense).” Reader.

“Mr. Laurie's essay is acute, outspoken, and honest. He has not thought hastily or rashly. . . . His style is plain, direct, and nervous.”-Scotsman.

“These brief and desultory remarks do no justice to the deep and comprehensive argument of Mr. Laurie's essay.”Freeman.

NOTES, EXPOSITORY AND CRITICAL,

ON

CERTAIN BRITISH THEORIES OF MORALS.

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NOTES

EXPOSITORY AND CRITICAL

ON

CERTAIN BRITISH THEORIES OF MORALS.

BY SIMON S. LAURIE, A.M.,

AUTHOR OF PHILOSOPHY OF ETHICS, ETC.

EDINBURGH:
EDMONSTON & DOUGLA S.

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