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This great system of scientific thought, the most original and important men-
tal undertaking of the age, to which Mr. Spencer has devoted his life, is now well
advanced, the published volumes being: First Principles, The Principles of Bi-
ology, two volumes, and The Principles of Psychology, vol. i., which will be
shortly printed.

This philosophical system differs from all its predecessors in being solidly
based on the sciences of observation and induction; in representing the order
and course of Nature; in bringing Nature and man, life, mind, and society, under
one great law of action; and in developing a method of thought which may serve
for practical guidance in dealing with the afl‘airs of life. That Mr. Spencer is the
man for this great work will be evident from the following statements:

“ The only complete and systematic statement of the doctrine of Evolution
with which I am acquainted is that contained in Mr. Herbert Spencer’s ‘ System
of Philos0phy; ’ a work which should be carefully studied by all who desire to
know whither scientific thought is tending.”—T. H. HUXLEY.

“ Of all our thinkers, he is the one who has formed to himself the largest new
scheme of a systematic philosophy.”-—Prof. MASSON.

“ If any individual influence is visibly encroaching on Mills in this country, it
is his.”—Ibid.

“Mr. Spencer is one of the most vigorous as well as boldest thinkers that
English speculation has yet produced.”—Jomv STUART MILL.
“ One of the acutest metaphysicians of modern times.”—Ibid.

“ One of our deepest thinkers.”—Dr. J OSEPH D. HOOKER.

It is questionable if any thinker of finer calibre has appeared in our man
“He alone, of all British thinkers, has organized a philos0phy.”-Ihid.

“ He is as keen an analyst as is known in the history of philosophy; I do not
except either Aristotle or Kant.”—GEORGE RIPLEY.

“If we were to give our own judgment, we should say that, since Newton,
there has not in England been a philosopher of more remarkable speculative and
systematizing talent than (in spite of some errors and some narrowness) Mr. Her-
bert Spencer.”—Lond0n Saturday Review.

" We cannot refrain from ofi‘ering our tribute of respect to one who, whether
(or the extent of his positive knowledge, or for the profundity of his speculative
insight, has already achieved a name second to none in the whole range of Eng-
lish philosophy, and whose works will worthily sustain the credit of English
thought in the present generation.”-— Westminster Review.

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