Esquisses de philosophie morale …

Paris, A. Johanneau, 1826.

8vo, pp. [iv], clv, [1] blank, 236; scattered foxing and spotting, as usual; nineteenth-century quarter calf and marbled boards, joints lightly rubbed, spine gilt, gilt lettering-piece.


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First edition in French of Stewart’s Outlines of Moral Philosophy (1793), translated from the fourth English edition of 1818, with a 152-page prefatory essay by the translator, Théodore-Simon Jouffroy.

Jouffroy (1796–1842) had, as a student, imbibed Scottish common-sense philosophy from the lectures of Pierre Paul Royer-Collard and Victor Cousin at the École Normale, and became its foremost exponent in France; his editions of the works of Reid (with his own survey and bibliography of the Scottish school, and a translation of Stewart’s Life of Reid) appeared between 1828 and 1835. Jouffroy’s preface to the present translation advances the common-sense position: ‘La France, long-temps distraite de la science philosophique par sa glorieuse révolution, se trouvait au commencement de ce siècle au même point où Reid avait trouvé l’Angleterre’ (empiricist and sensationalist ideas having been received in England from Locke, and in France from Condillac).

Jessop, pp. 177–8; Quérard IX, 267; not in Chuo; NUC and OCLC record 6 copies in North America (Library of Congress, Boston Public Library, Princeton, Columbia, Louisiana State, and Northern Illinois Universities).

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