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TEXT-BOOK TO KANT. The Critique of Pure Reason: Æsthetic, Categories, Schematism,
Translation, Reproduction, Commentary. With Index and Biographical Sketch. By J. HUTCHISON ŠTIRLING, LL.D., Author
of * The Secret of Hegel.” “No one in our day has done so much to interpret German philosophy, as no one has shown a firmer and deeper apprehension of the essential problem of thought. He has smitten the sophisms of Huxleyan materialism with a hammer-like force, crushing to the bone. The scientific investigator, great in his own department but not in the region of pure thought, may have ridden off lightly after his encounter, with his protoplastic theory safe, as he supposed, in his keeping; but no one who witnessed the encounter and could understand the weight of the blows given could doubt on which side lay the victory. (See Dr H. Stirling's two brochures, 'As Regards Protoplasm' and • Address on Materialism.) The Text-Book of Kant'shows all the wellknown qualities of Dr Stirling as a philosophical expositor. It is independent, powerful, and luminous throughout, with a light that shines from beneath rather than over the surface.”—The Edinburgh Review.
" Those who owe most to Dr Stirling have apparently been reluctant to acknowledge their indebtedness.
In dealing with these most recent emanations of the Scoto-Kantian school, we naturally give the first place to the master of those who know.' Dr Stirling's Text-Book to Kant' would deserve this position apart from any previous claims to our attention : it is by far the most weighty contribution among those under review.” Athenæum.
“We think Dr Stirling has performed his task admirably."— Westminster Review.
Dr Stirling, being competent by special study, and by a gift of metaphysical insight, the result of long preparation, to interpret Kant, he has done well to issue a text-book which does for Kant once for all what none of the previous interpreters and commentators have succeeded in accomplishing.
From the first page to the last the capable reader feels that he is in the hands of a master for whom there are no insolubilities in the Critique of Pure Reason,' and who has overcome and resolved the difficulties which it has hitherto presented, because he has himself advanced to a standpoint in the development of philosophical thought from which he can look back upon and take a bird's-eye view of the whole ground. It is this bird's-eye view which is presented to us in this text-book. His interpretation of Kant seems to us the one intelligible exposition of the system of the sage of Königsberg, in all he accomplished and half-unconsciously aimed at, which has yet been produced.”- British Quarterly Review.
“This Text-Book to Kant, therefore, we conceive to be what its title implies—precisely the book needed by the students of philosophy.”—The Journal of Speculative Philosophy.
"The Reproduction is in many ways a very wonderful piece of writing: it is a fresh proof of a gift of living exposition such as has rarely been equalled.
It is a high intellectual pleasure to read Dr Stirling's clear and telling sentences."'-- Andrew Seth, in “ Mind."
“This is the greatest work on Kantianism since Kant's Kritik itself.”– Professor Harris, LL.D., Concord, Massachusetts.
“The reader would do well to refer to his [Dr Stirling's] lucid and admirable exposition of Kant's system generally.”—Professor Veitch's “ Hamilton," in Blackwood's Philosophical Classics.
TEXT-BOOK TO KANT-Continued. " There is not amongst us a writer on philosophy who could have done the work as it has been accomplished by the author of The Secret of Hegel.'
In the Text-Book,' with its threefold division of Reproduction,?" Translation,' and 'Commentary,' we have a metaphysical tour de force unique in British philosophical literature. We must go back to David Hume to find any such masterly analysis and such exhaustive research into the genesis of the thought which by the philosopher is connected into a reasoned system, symmetrical and self-contained, and bearing within itself the vouchers for its own validity and reality, but which in common reflection is merely taken for granted.' Globe.
Dr Hutchison Stirling, who for distinctively metaphysical acumen is probably not surpassed by any man living. A Text-Book to Kant' from his hands becomes, therefore, something of a philosophical event.”—Daily Scotsman.
"Dr Stirling, ever since the publication of his 'Hegel,' has taken rank as princeps philosophorum in this country, and in the book on Kant with which he now enriches our literature he only fulfils the long expectations of his friends and admirers. It is not necessary to do more than read a few sentences to feel that we are here in a severe scientific atmosphere. The daylight of pure intellect is everywhere; and as we go more fully into the volume we find a mastery of imaginative and almost picturesque treatment which reveals that in Dr Stirling there exists the rare combination of the poetic with the scientific temperament.
The Reproduction, in which Dr Stirling assumes the place of Kant, and explains his position to his readers, and how he got at it, is so admirable, that we doubt if any philosophical reader will be able to lay down the book till he has followed the argument to its issue. It is the most closely woven web of metaphysical exposition that we have ever met with.
Our conviction is, that this is one of the few books that will never be superseded, and we are equally certain that no student of Kant within our universities, or outside them, can afford to dispense with it for a single day, for here he has Kant finally put before him.”– Courant.
The following works by the same Author are also, with the above, now published by Messrs
Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh :---
the Hegelian System in Origin,
2s. SCHWEGLER'S HANDBOOK OF THE HISTORY OF PHILO
SOPHY. Translated and Annotated by Dr STIRLING. Eighth Edition. Crown
JERROLD, TENNYSON, AND MACAULAY ; with other Critical
Essays. Small 8vo. 5s.
STIRLING. Crown 8vo. 6s.
Edinburgh: OLIVER AND BOYd. London: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND Co.
Recently published, in 2 vols. 8vo. pp. 1,164, price 28s.
THE SECRET OF HEGEL:
THE HEGELIAN SYSTEM
IN ORIGIN, PRINCIPLE, FORM, AND MATTER.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
• 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 soundeď 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.'
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. rling 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 expressionamong 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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