[Review of De l'Intelligence, by Hippolyte A Taine]
James R Thursfield
Physiological Psychology, Popularization, Associationism, Philosophy
Hippolyte A Taine's book elucidates the 'controversial' and 'purely speculative' psychological theories of Alexander Bain, John S Mill, and Herbert Spencer in a manner which is 'formulative, expository, and popular, in the best sense' (291). He is 'perhaps the first living performer of the themes of Hume, with the variations of Spencer and Mill, not without occasional original and brilliant impromptus of his own' (292).
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