London: John W. Parker, 1843.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002766
8vo (221 x 142 mm). xvi, 580; xii, 624 pp. Original publisher's half cloth, spines with original printed paper labels (rebacked with original spines laid down, minor rubbing to boards and extremities, paper labels browned and soiled, spine cloth spotted, gathering b in vol. I unstitched), pages uncut. Text little age-toned, tear at lower blank margin of one leaf repaired. Provenance: both volumes inscribed to title-page versos, 'John Commins, 1845' and 'Given to Wm. Merryfield, December 24th 1859'. A very good, clean, unfoxed and unmarked set. ----
Kress C.6398. FIRST EDITION of Mill's popular and infuential treatise on inductive logic. In this work Mill formulates just five principles of inductive reasoning (known as Mill's Methods) which determine whether causes and effects are connected. This method produced a system which became an important source for all the experimental sciences. Mill's book is important in the philosophy of science, and more generally, insofar as it outlines the empirical principles Mill would use to justify his moral and political philosophies. It had a strong influence on scientists such as Dirac. An article in "Philosophy of Recent Times" has described it as an 'attempt to expound a psychological system of logic within empiricist principles. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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