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HERBART, Johann Friedrich.
Allgemeine Metaphysik, nebst den Anfängen der philosophischen Naturlehre. Erster, historisch-kritischer Theil. [ - Zweyter, systematischer Theil.]
Königsberg: August Wilhelm Unzer, 1828-29. 2 volumes, octavo (212 x 127 mm). Contemporary dark green quarter cloth-backed green marbled boards, dark red spine labels, fore edges untrimmed. Early ownership signature, "Eug. Wolff", to front pastedowns. Spines presenting well, extremities worn and boards lightly scuffed, corners bumped, contents browned (some gatherings more so, including the opening gathering of vol. 2) but otherwise crisp and unmarked, a few leaves unopened. A very good copy. First edition of the author's central work on metaphysics. While at university in Jena Herbart became a member of Fichte's inner circle, though he soon took a critical stance towards the Wissensschaftslehre and began to identify more as a Kantian; after his studies were complete he accepted an offer from Königsberg to become the second successor to Kant's chair. "In his Allgemeine Metaphysik Herbart had sketched a mechanistic metaphysics whose main purpose was to surpass and replace the idealism of Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. Herbart conceived his own metaphysics as essentially a form of natural philosophy, one that abolished all teleology and relegated ethics to a completely distinct domain, that of value theory or aesthetics" (Beiser, p. 160). Goedeke V (2nd edition), 30, 9. Frederick C. Beiser, Late German Idealism: Trendelenburg and Lotze, 2013. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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