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SPECULATIVE PHILOSOPHY OF EUROPE
J. D. MORELL, A.M.
SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.
JOHN JOHNSTONE, 26 PATERNOSTER ROW;
AND 15 PRINCES STREET, EDINBURGH.
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW,
IN WHICH HIS EARLY ATTACHMENT TO PHILOSOPHY
WAS AT ONCE STIMULATED AND DIRECTED,
THE FOLLOWING PAGES
ARE GRATEFULLY DEDICATED BY
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION,
The author, in sending forth the present work to the public, wishes at the outset to bespeak the candour and indulgence of the reader. The subject, he is well aware, is at present of a very unpopular character; besides which, the abstruseness many of the details renders it vain to hope that he has succeeded in discussing them without falling into some errors and many imperfections. The work itself is not the production of an experienced writer; it contains the first thoughts which the author has yet ventured to intrude upon public notice, and was composed in the quietude of a country life, without the aid of any mind to suggest improvements. Under these circumstances he feels that, while he is bound to speak with much modesty of his own labours, he can at the same time lay some reasonable claim to kind consideration from the critical reader.
With regard to originality, the author makes