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The Method to Science. By J.S - Sergeant, John - 1696. 
London: Printed by W. Redmayne for the Author 1696 - 8vo. , 173, 222-352, 351-429,  pp. (text continuous despite pagination). Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked with new label. Lacks front endpaper. Marginal loss to A2 not affecting text, pages thumbed and some corners folded, but a good copy. Rare first edition of the first work by the Catholic philosopher and controversialist John Sergeant, (1623-1707). He criticises the new philosophy of Descartes, Bacon and Locke, and propounds his views based on Aristotelian logic. Three parts deal with notions, judgments, and discourse, as the three operations of the understanding, and of words, propositions, and syllogisms, as their respective logical equivalents. He opposes Descartes and Locke, "Ideists" whose distinction between ideas in the mind and external reality he rejects. He also rejects the experimental philosphers such as Bacon who proceed through induction. To Sergeant the superiority of his method lay in its being essentially mathematical in its basic procedures. --- Regular catalogues are available in the History of Science & Medicine. Please email to receive these. --- [Attributes: First Edition]
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