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TAINE, Hippolyte.
De l'intelligence.
Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1870. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie,, 1870. 2 volumes, octavo (228 x 140 mm). Contemporary blue floral patterned boards, leather spine labels lettered gilt, the original printed wrappers preserved. Extremities lightly rubbed, one or two leaves with very short marginal tears; a very good copy. First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title of vol. I: "A Monsieur Gallimard - H. Taine". Along with Ernest Renan, Taine was one of the leading French positivistic thinkers of the second half of the nineteenth century. "Modern psychology. in France may be said to begin in 1870, when two important books were published, Taine's De l'intelligence and Ribot's La Psychologie anglaise contemporaine in which the prevailing associationism was well and clearly expounded." (Flugel, A Hundred Years of Psychology). "The history of psychological theories in France entered upon a new phase in 1870. Whatever else may be thought of the work done by Taine, no one would deny his right to be considered the leader of the empirical school and the exponent of concrete practical methods of study." (Brett, History of Psychology). Although Taine's philosophical views were formed early in life under the joint influence of Spinoza, Hegel, and classical science, they were first systematically expounded in his de l'intelligence. The theory of mind presented in this book is based on Taine's general monism and determinism. In his work on intelligence Taine insists that there are no entities corresponding to words such as "faculty", "power", "se … [Click Below for Full Description]
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