Identity & Reality

Identity & Reality

Identity & Reality

Identity & Reality

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For many years I have wished that this book might be known to the English-speaking public. The ideas developed in it are not entirely unfamiliar to that public. The very year of the book's appearance (1908) Professor A. Wolf reviewed it sympathetically in the Hibbert Journal (October 1908), and summaries of it, as well as of later books of mine, have since appeared. In 1915, A. J. Balfour (now Lord Balfour) concluded a chapter of his book, Theism and Humanism (p. 237), by acknowledging his "obligation to the acute and learned work" of the author of Identiy and Realiy. Nevertheless, material obstacles were difficult to overcome, and to render possible this translation there was needed all the disinterested enthusiasm of Mrs. Loewenberg, who devoted four years of effort to this thankless task. Much is due also to Professor Muirhead's very kind and effective help. I hope that they will accept here this expression of my great gratitude. I wish also to thank very heartily Professors Lenzen and Loewenberg (of the University of California) for their very competent and valuable suggestions concerning the translation of many scientific and philosophical terms.

The first edition of the book appeared in 1908; the second, revised and enlarged, in 1912. Since then I have changed nothing in the text. To the third edition, which appeared in 1926 and which has been used in this translation, I have added only a certain number of short notes designed especially to refer the reader to my later publications. The reason for this is, not that I was unaware of the need to introduce other corrections and improvements, but solely because I felt that I should embarrass the reader by a complete remodelling of a work which in the meantime has become somewhat known and is even used as a text in courses of instruction.

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