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By the same Author.
Recently published, in 2 vols. 8vo. pp. 1,164, price 28s.
• There can be no question whatever respecting the weight and solidity of Mr. Stirling's exposition. . . . It will mark a period in philosophical transactions, and tend more thoroughly to reveal the tendencies of modern thought in that direction than any other work yet published in this country has done.'
BELL'S MESSENGER. Mr. Stirling's learned and laborious endeavours to unveil the mystery of Hegel are entitled to attentive and thoughtful consideration. . . . Mr. Stirling has applied himself to his subject systematically and thoroughly. . . . There can no such complete guide be found in the English language.'
EDINBURGH COURANT. • This is a most remarkable book in several respects. The Author is, perhaps, the very first in this country who has laboriously and patiently sounded Hegel. ... Unlike any of the commentators of Hegel that we have yet seen, Mr. Stirling can always be understood by an intelligent and attentive reader. He writes as if he wished to make himself plain to the meanest capacity, and he has a facility of language and illustration which lights up the driest and most abstract reasonings of his master.' GLASGOW HERALD.
'A great book has just been published, entitled The Secret of Hegel, which, sooner or later, must attract the attention, and influence the conclusions, of true thinkers.'
'A very elaborate, conscientious, and earnest work. We express our high estimation of the ability and research displayed in it.'
WEEKLY DISPATCH. • If anything can make Hegel's "complete Logic" acceptable to the English mind, such faith and industry as Mr. Stirling's must succeed. . . . Those who wish to form a complete survey of the great field of German philosophy will do well to study these volumes.'
CRITICAL OPINIONS of The Secret of Hegel'-continued.
"We welcome most cordially these volumes. A work which is the monument of so much labour, erudition, perseverance, and thought.'
LONDON REVIEW. "To say that this is by far the most important work written in the English language on any phase of the post-Kantian philosophy of Germany would be saying very little. . . . One of the most remarkable works on philosophy that has been seen for years.'
ATHENÆUM. The book itself is of much value, especially at the present time. . It will repay those well who will give the necessary attention to its reading. We have to thank Mr. Stirling for setting these obscure dicta in as clear a light as they can be set in, and making them as intelligible as they can be made.'
CHURCHMAN. *All readers who have the taste and patience necessary for the encountering such tasks will be glad to receive Mr. Stirling's exposition. We have read it with deep interest. It was a very tough task, and he has wrought it in a determined and intelligent manner.'
'- Has approached nearer to an intelligible exposition of the Hegelian philosophy than has yet been accomplished in England. .. The Preface a remarkably vigorous and masterful piece of writing—the book able in the highest degree.'
• Mr. Stirling has certainly done much to help the English student. . . . He is a writer of power and fire--original, bold, self-reliant, and with a wealth of knowledge and thought that must soon make him distinguished among the teachers of the teachers of this country.'
• The book deserves a cordial welcome.'
The whole work is in my view a masterpiece_a great book. The style, manner, method, and art of it enchant me to use a loose expression among general terms. I consider it to be completely successful in what it proposes to do. Its appearance should constitute an era at once in the literary and the philosophical aspect. The ease and fulness of philosophical expression in itthe power and wealth of illustration, comparison, assimilation, analogy, metaphor, literary filling out and accommodation, and finish-are to my mind unique. The labour, the patience the instinct for truth and for metaphysical tracks and trails—the constant connection with life--the explanatory method of resuming and taking up so that the reader is taught without almost any stress on his own thought these things continually rouse my admiration and delight. The whole book is colossal —a wonder of work. The style of it is unique in raciness, original force, and utterly unaffected prodigality of wealth -expository, ratiocinative, illustrative, literary, familiar, discursive. The characterisations of the man Hegel are deliciæ of literary touch.'
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Of the conclusions which, in the Secret of Hegel,' I was occasionally led to express in reference to the teachings of Sir William Hamilton, I now produce the Deduction. Written before the work named (it was written in 1862, and is now re-written principally for the sake of condensation, and always and only from the original materials); this deduction rose from the necessity to examine the productions of my predecessors in the field of German thought. Of these, before this examination, Sir William Hamilton was to me, so to speak, virgin-ground: I had heard of him, but I had not read a single word he had written. I believed what I had heard, nevertheless, and, so believing, approached him—a countryman of my own—with no expectation, no wish, no thought, but to find all that I had heard true. Nor, in a certain sense, did the event prove otherwise: Sir William Hamilton showed at once as a man of infinite acquirement, infinite ability. In a certain other sense, however, the event did prove otherwise, and my expectations were disappointed.