Histoire de la Philosophie Atomistiqueby Léopold Mabilleau

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  • Philosophical Review

    Histoire de la Philosophie Atomistique by Lopold MabilleauReview by: W. A. H.The Philosophical Review, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Mar., 1896), p. 218Published by: Duke University Press on behalf of Philosophical ReviewStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2175360 .Accessed: 14/05/2014 15:20

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  • 2i8 THE PHILOSOPHICAL REVIEW. [VOL. V.

    are more or less open to attack, but I believe the author interprets them in a narrow and dogmatic fashion, ignoring statements that essentially modify those quoted by him. The careful student of Wundt must recognize this, I think, in the one-sided presentation of Wundt's distinction between the intensity or consciousness limen, and the clearness or apperception limen. The best part of the author's analysis of Wundt's theory is his discussion of the physiological process of attention as described by Wundt. In the midst of the present controversy over the process as a reinforcement or an inhibition of stimuli, this account of the twofold theory involved, but not fully expressed, in the last edition of the Psychologie, should be recognized as a useful contribution to the subject. The criticism of James takes up two topics: (i) James' separation of attention and consciousness; (2) his theory that strain sensations always accompany attention. The author contents himself here with quoting other passages from James, which show the obstacles that should prevent him from accepting either of these positions.

    On the whole we may say that the pamphlet covers but a small part of its subject, and refers to a limited number of the theories now claiming notice. But within its own field it gives a clear and straightforward presentation of the Herbartian theory divested of metaphysical assump- tions, and it contributes something to the criticism of three prominent theories of attention. ALICE J. HAMLIN.

    HIstoire de Za yhzilosoyphie atomistique. Par LEOPOLD MABILLEAU, ancien membre de l'6cole fran aise de Rome, Professeur de philosophic i la faculty des lettres de Caen. Paris, F6lix Alcan, i895.- PP. vii, 56o.

    The history of the atomic theory is narrated here by M. Mabilleau, from the standpoint of a sympathizer with the doctrine. The work is divided into five books. In the first the theory is discussed in its earliest form amongst the Hindus; the second book is occupied with the development of the doctrine amongst the Greeks ; the third continues the subject in the Middle Ages amongst the Arabs and Alchemists; and the fourth concerns itself with atomism in modern philosophy. This concludes the history of the doctrine, and Book V is taken up with a discussion of the import of the atomic theory for the physical and abstract sciences. The work won the Cousin prize in 1894, was crowned by the Academy, and published by authority of the government at the National Press. A review of the volume will follow. W. A. H.

    Mental Development in the Child and the Race; Methods and Proc- esses. By J. MARK BALDWIN. Second edition, corrected. New York and London, Macmillan & Co. I895.- PP. xvi, 496.

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    Article Contentsp.218

    Issue Table of ContentsThe Philosophical Review, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Mar., 1896), pp. 113-224Front MatterThe Humist Doctrine of Causation [pp.113-134]The Nature of Intellectual Synthesis [pp.135-156]Graeco-Latin and Germanic Art [pp.157-172]DiscussionNon-Euclidean Geometry and the Kantian a Priori [pp.173-180]

    Reviews of Booksuntitled [pp.181-186]untitled [pp.186-189]untitled [pp.189-192]untitled [pp.193-197]

    Summaries of Articles [pp.198-212]Notices of New Booksuntitled [pp.213-214]untitled [pp.214-215]untitled [pp.215-216]untitled [pp.216-217]untitled [pp.217-218]untitled [p.218]untitled [pp.218-219][Other Books Received] [p.219]

    Notes [pp.220-224]Back Matter

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