Philadelphia: Printed by William Young, Bookseller, no. 52, Second street, the corner of Chesnut-Street, 1793. . 8vo, in 4s, full contemporary calf, professionally rebacked, retaining the rear free endpaper, the front is lacking. Contemporary ownership signature on title which has been tipped in and is foxed; last few signatures foxed, probably due to inferior paper. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, first published in London and Edinburgh in 1792. Sabin 91676; Evans 26212.Stewart was a member of the Scottish Enlightenment and taught mathematics and philosophy at Edinburgh. This the first of three volumes on this subject, the second appearing in 1814 and the third in 1827. From 1747Ð1772 he was a professor of mathematics; after substituting for Adam Ferguson for several years, he was appointed in 1785 as Fergusons as the chair of moral philosophy, which he filled for twenty-five years, making it a center of intellectual and moral influence. Young men were attracted by his reputation from England, Europe and America. Stewart's course on moral philosophy embraced, besides ethics proper, lectures on political philosophy or the theory of government. (Inventory #: 2357)
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