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Priestley, Joseph
Hartley¿s Theory of the Human Mind, on the Principals of the Association of Ideas
Printed for J. Johnson, London. 1775. First edition. lxii,iv,[5]-372 pp. Tall octavo half nineteenth century calf over original or contemporary marbled boards. Morocco spine label lettered in gilt. From The Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography: ¿Hartley¿s influence is perhaps best understood through the work of later theoreticians. Joseph Priestley, for example, stressed Hartley¿s determinism but set aside his psychophysical dualism in his publication of Hartley¿s Theory of the Human Mind (1775). This reductionist version of Hartley¿s theory was then placed in the service of Priestley¿s Unitarian philosophy of nature. Erasmus Darwin used Hartley¿s mechanisms as the basis for his theory of evolution and for his system of medical classification in Zoonomia (1794-1796). In social and political theory, William Godwin¿s arguments for inevitable human progress toward perfection in Political Justice (1793) were based on extrapolations from Hartley¿s ideas. The psychological, social, and political theories of the English utilitarians¿especially James and John Stuart Mill¿were also based on Hartleian psychology and generalizations from it.¿ Light vertical mark on spine and board corners worn. Contents fresh and clean. A very good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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