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Prefatory Note

THE following discussions arise out of two previous Books1 and have occupied me for a long time. I called them, from the first, “Meditations”, because that word most accurately expressed the form they took with me. I have retained the name because it indicates the general character and structure of the whole Treatise, and also in the hope that it may be accepted as an explanation of repetitions that were inevitable in what was substantially a dialogue with myself.

Having had the honour of being appointed Gifford Lecturer in the University of Edinburgh, I based my lectures chiefly on the second volume of this book which was at the time of my appointment approaching completion.

My thanks are due to Professor A. S. Pringle-Pattison, who read the proofs of both volumes and made valuable suggestions. I have also to acknowledge the kindness of Monsieur G. Remacle of Hasselt.


University of Edinburgh, May, 1906.

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    Metaphysica Nova et Vetusta, by Scotus Novanticus, 2nd Edition, 1885. Ethica; or, the Ethics of Reason, 2nd Edition, 1885: Williams & Norgate.