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MILL, John Stuart.

Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St. Andrews.

Feb. 1st 1867.

London, Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1867 Stock Code: 139731
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First edition of Mill's address on education, delivered upon his election as Rector of the University of St Andrews by its students, an office which he held from 1865 to 1868. "Limiting his remarks to the cultural aspects of education, Mill advocates the view that both the classics and the sciences should be taught; extols the virtues to be derived from linguistic pursuits and a first-hand knowledge of the great Greek and Roman writers; defends the values to be found in scientific subjects such as mathematics, logic, and psychology; argues for the importance of training in esthetic subjects; and urges that the university become a place for free speculation rather than of dogmatic indoctrination or of too intense specialization in any one field" (MacMinn & others).

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Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine unlettered, double rules in gilt at head and foot, elaborate blind-stamped border to boards, centre of front board lettered in gilt, brown endpapers.


20th-century gift label to front pastedown, noting previous owners as Stephen Hargreaves, Tutor at College of S. Mark & S. John 1950-61; subsequently Richard Hamilton. Spine slightly cocked, ends and corners bumped and rubbed, headcap chipped, contents clean excepting a little faint foxing to the last two gatherings and a brown spot to margins of pp. 84-85. A very good copy.


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