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Philosophische Versuche über die menschliche Natur und ihre Entwickelung ? Erster [? Zweyter] Band.
Leipzig: M. G. Weidmann's heirs and Reich,, 1777. 2 volumes, octavo (200 x 116 mm). Contemporary sheep, spines ruled gilt in compartments, red and green morocco labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Woodcut printer's device to titles. Contemporary ownership inscription (Bibliothecae Collegii Episcus) partly erased on titles, ownership inscription H. R. Schmitzan on free endpaper. Spine ends slightly chipped and corners worn, covers a little soiled and abraded in places, very occasional spotting, the occasional side rule in pencil and in ink; a very good copy. First edition of Tetens's "extended inquiry into the origin and structure of knowledge. [Tetens] distinguished three faculties of the human mind: understanding, free will, and feeling of pleasures and pains. He stressed the independence of the third faculty from the first two. The three may be reducible to one, but if so, according to Tetens, we cannot know it ? Tetens discussed with great insight many other extremely complicated problems in metaphysics, ethics, the philosophy of education, and the philosophy of language. His Philosophische Versuche exerted a tremendous influence on Kant when he was writing the Critique of Pure Reason, and the many similarities between their doctrines are evident" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy VIII, 96). Tetens (1736 or 1738?1807) was professor of philosophy and mathematics at the University of Kiel from 1776 to 1789.
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