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NORTH BRITISH REVIEW.

SEPTEMBER 186 7.

ART. I.—1. Jouffroy's Introduction to Ethics. Translated by

CHANNING. 2 vols. 12mo. Wild. London, 1840. 2. Bain's Emotions and the Will. 8vo. London, 1859. 3. Mill on Liberty. Post 8vo. London, 1859. 4. Temple's Rugby Sermons (Easter-day). 8vo. London, 1861. 5. Mill on Utilitarianism. 8vo. 1862. 6. Essays on Criticism. By M. ARNOLD. 12mo. London, 1865. 7. Ecce Homo. 8vo. London, 1865. 8. Miss Cobbe's Studies, Ethical and Social. Post 8vo. Lon

don, 1865. 9. Martineau's Essays. Post 8vo. London, 1866. 10. Grant's Aristotle's Ethics. 2 vols. 8vo. London, 1866. 11. Ferrier's Lectures and Philosophical Remains. 2 vols. Edin.

1866.

Why is Ethical Science, as pursued in this country of late years, even to reflecting men, so little attractive and so little edifying? The cognate study of metaphysics has, after long neglect, recently, in a wonderful way, renewed its youth, but to moral science no such revival has as yet come. And yet human character, the subject it deals with, is one, it would seem, of no inconsiderable interest. Physical science has no doubt drained off the current of men's thoughts, and left many subjects which once engaged them high and dry. But man, his spiritual being, his possibilities here, his destiny hereafter, these still remain, amid all the absorption of external things, the one highest marvel, the paramount centre of interest to men. It cannot be said that modern literature—the great exponent of what men are thinking-circles less than of old round the great human problems. Rather with the circuit of the suns, not only

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