VII.—NEW BOOKS

1892 Mind  
Leipzig: 0. B. Beisland, 1891. Pp. x., 55J6. Circumstances have delayed, and must gtill a little farther delay, notice of this elaborate piece of work. It is the production of a man who certainly has studied his author, and who also is of opinion that nobody before him has been able to lay hold upon the true Leibniz. Whether he is right where he departs from current interpretation of the philosopher (which he finds at it* best in Zeller's Gttch. £ dmttdun Philo-•op&ie), and whether he is in
more » ... hether he is in some of his main contentions as original as he gives out, are the queatiops to which some answer should be forthcoming. It is rendered unnecessarily difficult by his manner of oiting Leibniz's works, and even unpardonably difficult by bis alwayB substituting a translation of his own for the philosopher's words. But there is too much evidence of labour and thought m the book for attempt at answer not to be made. Btitragt ntr GetehiehU dtr Phikaophie du MitUlaltert. Ed. by Dr. CL. BIUMLBB. Bd. L, Heft 1. Die dem Boethius falschlich zngeschriebene Abhandhmg des Dominicus Gundisalvi de Unit&te. Ed. with commentary byDr. P. COBRBMB, Monster, 1891. Bd. i, Heft 2. Avencebrolis (ibn Qebirol) Fons Vits, ex Arabioo in T^im^Tp translates ab Johanne Hispano et Dominioo Gundisalvi, ex codioibus Parisinis, Amploniano, Columbino, primum ed. Cii. BITTMKKB. Fasa i. It is with the utmost satisfaction that those interested in the hisiu." of philosophical questions must hail the first fruits of the important work undertaken by Prof. Baumker. The vague generalities with which it hat been customary to treat the development of metaphysical reflexion in the Middle Ages nave been gradually yielding to. a more appreciative and better-informed estimate of the ideas of these times, but lor full comprehension of the connecting links and most significant conceptions of medieval thought the indispensable mum™, a collection of the relative texts with careful exegetical study of them, is as yet largely wanting. Prof. Baumker's enterprise bids fair to fill up this ituwiTm. in our knowledge of an important stage in the development of human culture, and we wish it every success. Of the second of the two parts of his BtitrUgt now issued, containing portion (parts L and ii.) of the Font Vita of ibn Gebirol, a more detailed notice must be deferred until the whole text, with such historical and philosophical commentary as the editor gives, is before us. We call attention at present only to the importance of the work which Prof. Baumker has on hand. Ibn Gebirol under the name or names (Avicebron, Avencebrol, Avicebrol and the like) given to him by the scholastic mogrmfja, Albertus and Aquinas, had long been an object of interest to historians of philosophy, and even after the important contributions to knowledge of his personality and work made by Munk, and more recently by Outtmann, there still remained much to be done. The Font Vita has been known to us only in the abridged version of Falagnera, from which MunVs translation in the Melanges (1869) was taken. Now, for the first time, we shall have in its complete form a work that has exercised remarkable influence on the development of medieval thought, and that discloses to us in a most interesting fashion the filiation of ancient and medieval ideas. An account of the four MBS. used by the
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