Ethics and the History of Philosophy: Selected Essays

Ethics and the History of Philosophy: Selected Essays

Ethics and the History of Philosophy: Selected Essays

Ethics and the History of Philosophy: Selected Essays

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The present volume consists of a selection of the public lectures which I have given on various occasions and the articles which I have contributed to various periodcals during the last twenty-five years. If it should be found to appeal to a tolerably wide circle of readers, I hope that it may be possible to publish a further selection, covering a somewhat different range of subjects, at a later date.

My first duty is the pleasant one of gratefully acknowledging the permission to republish which has been so readily granted by the several persons and institutions concerned. The lecture on Sir Isaac Newton and the obituary notices of McTaggart and of W. E. Johnson appeared originally in the Proceedings of the British Academy, and I have to thank the Council of the Academy for allowing me to reprint them here. To the editor of the Hibbert Journal I am indebted for permission to reprint the following papers, viz. the essays on John Locke and on Henry Sidgwick, the lecture on Egoism as a Theory of Human Motives, and the article entitled 'Ought we to fight for our Country in the Next War?'. The lectures on the Philosophy of Francis Bacon and on Determinism, Indeterminism, and Libertarianism were held publicly before the University of Cambridge and were afterwards issued as pamphlets by the Cambridge University Press. They have been out of print for many years now. I am grateful to the Syndics of the Press for allowing them to be made available again in the present volume. For permission to reprint the lecture on The New Philosophy: Bruno to Descartes, and the papers on Leibniz's last Controversy with the Newtonians and on Conscience and Conscienti-

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