VII.—NEW BOOKS

1891 Mind  
special reference to theory of knowledge. While recognising the independence of Hobbes with regard to Bacon and of Locke with regard to Hobbes, the author still finds that English experientialphilosophy within the period considered may be compared to " a drama in five acts, which mounts upwards from Bacon and Hobbes to Locke, and after having performed an internal revolution in Berkeley, reaches its catastrophe in Hume ". The exposition is fluent, and many important points made by earlier and
more » ... de by earlier and later historians of English philosophy are well seized. The result of the whole development, the author thinks, was to show the necessity either of renouncing all secure knowledge, or else of seeking "an entirely new way" He does not say precisely what ought to be regarded as the new way; but he has some remarks at the end on the contrast between two aspects of Hume's philosophy-the negative, backward-looking, and the positive, forwardlooking aspect. The problem of surmounting philosophical scepticism, Hume only acknowledged himself for the time unable to solve ; he did not regard it as insuperable And he himself attempted a psychological solution, which is in its way positive, of problems as to the origin of conceptions.
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