Problems of Life and Mind., in Two Volumes: First Series. The Foundations of a Creed.
Boston and New York / Cambridge: Houghton, Mifflin and Company / The Riverside Press, 1877. Reissue. Hard Cover. Near Fine / No Jacket. Item #2332325
Author's edition, from advance sheets. Small dealer bookplate on front endpaper of each volume, minimal cosmetic wear, pencil name on title page of first volume (Langdon L. Ward). An excellent set.
xiii, , 434; viii, 487 pp. 8vo. Red-orange cloth, gilt titles and triple rules, blind-stamped border on boards. A philosophical work by the English philosopher and amateur physiologist who advocated for Darwinism, positivism, and religious skepticism. He also lived with the novelist Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, though they never married. This work explores biological, psychological and metaphysical problems, in an attempt to establish a balance between metaphysics and science. A third volume, entitled The Physical Basis of Mind, was also published, though this still did not complete Lewes's work, which was left unfinished when he died suddenly in 1878. Taken as a whole, his works provide interesting commentary on the relationship between psychology and philosophy, and between philosophy and the sciences.