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THE

QUARTERLY REVIEW.

VOL. VI.

AUGUST & DECEMBER,

1811.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1820.

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XIV. Notices sur l'Intérieur de la France, écrites en 1806, par
M. Faber. Tom. I. St. Petersburgh, 1807.

THE

QUARTERLY REVIEW.

OCTOBER, 1811.

ART. I. Philosophical Essays. By Dugald Stewart, Esq. F.R.S. Ed. Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, &c. &c. 4to. pp. 590. Edinburgh, Constable. London, Cadell and Davies, and John Murray. 1810.

AMONG the philosophers of the present day, we could not

easily mention a more justly respected name than that of the author of the volume before us. His treatise on the Philosophy of the Mind, which has been long before the public, must ever give him a high rank among those who have followed Locke in the track of genuine metaphysical inquiry. Some of his predecessors in this walk may have displayed a more subtle and adventurous genius, but in the solid attributes of the philosophical character he is surpassed by none; while he holds an indisputable pre-eminence in the art of recommending and embellishing his subject by the most expanded and attractive views of its dignity and importance. As a Lecturer, he has been long regarded as the chief ornament of a university, not a little celebrated for the eminence of its professors; but he has lately, we understand, though still in the vigour of life, retired from the academical chair, in order to dedicate himself without interruption to the prosecution of his favourite science.

The interest of the public in that important branch of philosophy which Mr. Stewart has so much illustrated and adorned has been, we think, for some time, greatly on the wane. All labour of the intellectual kind, which is not given to politics or polite literature, is wholly engrossed by the more brilliant and profitable pursuits of physical science. The study of the mind seems to be no longer thought in any degree necessary to the formation of the philosophical character, or to afford any conclusions of much interest or importance. We confess, that our opinion is altogether different; and, without wishing to derogate from the claims of the other sciences, must be permitted to say, that the philosophy of the mind is an object of paramount utility; for it is intimately and essentially connected with almost every other branch of knowledge,

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