“define logic as the science which treats of the operations of the human understanding in the pursuit of truth": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mill's The System of Logic
A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive, Being a Connected View of the Principles of Evidence, and the Methods of Scientific Investigation.
Mill, John Stuart.$8,500.00
Item Number: 34033
New York: John W. Parker, 1843.
First edition of this classic work on logic. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with some wear to the cloth and overall toning. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions in the original cloth are rare.
"The statement that John Stuart Mill was Britain's most important philosopher in the 19th century looks like a bold assertion, but in fact it should not be even mildly controversial… Mill has no serious rivals" (Dictionary of 19th-Century Philosophers II:792). One of Mill's most important works, System of Logic is "the first major installment of his comprehensive restatement of an empiricist and utilitarian position" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy), setting forth "the fundamentals of the human or 'moral' sciences" (Mander & Sell, 794). "The book had a rapid success, beyond the expectations of its author, and was for many years the standard authority with all who took his side in the main philosophical questions. Mill, in fact was recognized as the great leader of the empirical as opposed to what he called the intuitional school; and few men have had a more marked influence upon the rising intellect of the time" (DNB).