An Examination of the Human Mind
Edinburgh, William Blackwood and Sons, 1828. First. hardcover. 8vo. ex-library stamps on title no front board nothing before title no spine . Inscribed John Eadie on the cover . possible the Reverend John Eadie. "discusses Humes view of association".He was born at Piteddie, parish of Kinghorn, Fifeshire, May 8, 1778, and received his early education in the village school of Lochgelly. He matriculated in the university of Edinburgh in 1795, and seems there to have enjoyed the privilege of sitting under the instructions of the early psychologist Dugald Stewart. In 1828, he published An Examination of the Human Mind. " Nor was this man or his book likely to get a favorable. hearing from the literary or metaphysical readers in Scotland, where the influential thinkers were James Mylne and Thomas Brown, to whose philosophy he was entirely opposed" Mentions "hereditary insanity" the precursor of our genetic schizophrenia. Concludes that man and animals differ only in their voluntary and reasoning abilities and therefore are not subject to moral principles. Therefore Ballantyne is a pioneer in comparative psychology and touches on the conception of inheritance long before Darwin. Poor .
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