Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature ... Philosophical Miscellanies, Translated from the French of Cousin, Jouffroy, and B. Constant. With Introductory and Critical Notices.
Compilation of writings by three French philosophers edited and with notes by American Transcendentalist writer and critic George Ripley (1802–1880). Ripley was an original member of the Transcendental Club with his cousin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and in 1841 was the founder of the experimental utopian community Brook Farm.
Philosophical Miscellanies comprise the first two volumes of a 14-volume series, edited by Ripley, Margaret Fuller, William Henry Channing, and other Transcendentalists, entitled “Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature.” Here Ripley translates and adds commentary and critical notes on select writings of philosophers Victor Cousin (1792–1867), Théodore Jouffroy (1796–1842), and Benjamin Constant (1767-1830).
“Ripley was a regular contributor to the Christian Examiner in the 1830s, the leading Unitarian theological journal of the day. In all his writing and preaching, he embraced a view of religious truth as ‘intuitive’ rather than empirical and championed the new waves of liberal religious thinking coming out of Europe, represented in the works of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Victor Cousin and others.” (Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography)
Description: Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature ... Philosophical Miscellanies, Translated from the French of Cousin, Jouffroy, and B. Constant. With Introductory and Critical Notices.
Boston: Hilliard, Gray and Company, 1838. xvi, , 383, ; viii, , 376pp. Uncut and unopened. 2 vols. 8vo. First editions. Publisher’s green pebbled cloth, paper spine labels. Some fading to spines, toning to paper labels, slight chipping at head and tail, else very good. Provenance: T. Cushing, Jr. (pencil signatures dated January 1, 1839). bcj 322793.