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Bain, Alexander 1818-1903

Works: 305 works in 1,854 publications in 7 languages and 12,552 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Textbooks  Examinations  Handbooks and manuals 
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Classifications: BF161, 150
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The senses and the intellect by Alexander Bain( Book )

99 editions published between 1855 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The object of this treatise is to give a full and systematic account of two principal divisions of the science of mind,--the Senses and the Intellect. The remaining two divisions, comprising the Emotions and the Will, will be the subject of a future treatise. While endeavouring to present in a methodical form all the important facts and doctrines bearing upon mind, considered as a branch of science, I have seen reason to adopt some new views, and to depart, in a few instances, from the most usual arrangement of the topics"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
James Mill, a biography by Alexander Bain( Book )

70 editions published between 1882 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who was James Mill (1773-1836)? What was his legacy to British society and culture? The achievement of this Scottish-born political philosopher, economist and historian has been overshadowed by that of his son, John Stuart Mill, but as Alexander Bain (1818-1903), himself a philosopher and empiricist, shows in this biography, published in 1882, Mill's range of interests was remarkable. He wrote on education and psychology, and developed theories on political economy and the need for parliamentary reform. Mill was also critical of the history of British colonialism (his three-volume History of India is reissued in this series), and argued for religious tolerance, as well as collaborating with Jeremy Bentham as a proponent of utilitarianism, the philosophy which sought 'the greatest happiness of the greater number'. Bain places the facts of Mill's life in the context of the remarkable changes undergone by British society and culture in this period
The emotions and the will by Alexander Bain( Book )

107 editions published between 1859 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present publication is a sequel to my former one, on the Senses and the Intellect, and completes a Systematic Exposition of the Human Mind. The generally admitted, but vaguely conceived, doctrine of the connexion between mind and body has been throughout discussed definitely. In treating of the Emotions, I include whatever is known of the physical embodiment of each. The Natural History Method, adopted in delineating the Sensations, is continued in the Treatise on the Emotions. The first chapter is devoted to Emotion in general; after which the individual kinds are classified and discussed; separate chapters being assigned to the Æsthetic Emotions--arising on the contemplation of Beauty in Nature and in Art--and to the Ethical, or the Moral Sentiment. Under this last head, I have gone fully into the Theory of Moral Obligation. It has been too much the practice to make the discussion of the Will comprise only the single metaphysical problem of Liberty and Necessity. Departing from this narrow usage, I have sought to ascertain the nature of the faculty itself, its early germs, or foundations, in the human constitution, and the course of its development, from its feeblest indications in infancy to the maturity of its power. Five chapters are occupied with this investigation; and five more with subjects falling under the domain of the Will, including the Conflict of Motives, Deliberation, Resolution, Effort, Desire, Moral Habits, Duty, and Moral Inability. A closing chapter embraces the Free-will controversy. As, in my view, Belief is essentially related to the active part of our being, I have reserved the consideration of it to the conclusion of the Treatise on the Will. The final dissertation of the work is on Consciousness"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Education as a science by Alexander Bain( Book )

111 editions published between 1867 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a systematic treatment of the process of education, seen as a logically cogent and scientifically valid method for the development of a person: it thus must encompass not only basic cognitive skills such as grammar and arithmetic, but also include instruction in morality, art and literature
John Stuart Mill; a criticism with personal recollections by Alexander Bain( Book )

47 editions published between 1882 and 2013 in English and French and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book gives an overview of Mill's philosophy, along with many biographical details. The author supplements quotations from Mill's works with his own personal recollections of the philosopher
Mind and body; the theories of their relation by Alexander Bain( Book )

131 editions published between 1872 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines mind and body interconnexions. What has Mind to do with brain substance, white and grey? Can any facts or laws regarding the spirit of man be gained through a scrutiny of nerve fibres and nerve cells? If the matter of the brain were the only substance that mental functions could be attributed to, all the knowledge that we possess of that organ might not avail us much in laying down laws of connexion between mind and body. But such is not the fact. The entire bodily system, though in varying degrees, is in intimate alliance with mental functions. To confine our study to the nervous substance would be to misrepresent the connexion; and the knowledge of that substance, however complete, would not suffice for the solution of the problem. Looking at a child's cut finger, we can divine its feelings; if we see a smiling countenance, we know something of the mental tone of the individual. It might seem that we must yet be a long way from understanding an organ so minute and so complicated as the Brain. If we were to confine ourselves to the one mode of post-mortem dissection, we should probably attain but a small measure of success. But another road is open. We can begin at the outworks, at the organs of sense and motion, with which the nervous system communicates; we can study their operations during life, as well as examine their intimate structure; we can experimentally vary all the circumstances of their operation; we can find how they act upon the brain, and how the brain re-acts upon them. Using all this knowledge as a key, we may possibly unlock the secrets of the anatomical structure; we may compel the cells and fibres to disclose their meaning and purpose"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Mental science by Alexander Bain( Book )

76 editions published between 1868 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present treatise, contains a Systematic Exposition of Mind, a History of the leading Questions in Mental Philosophy, and a copious Dissertation on Ethics. The Exposition of Mind, occupying nearly half the work, is, for the most part, an abridgement of my two volumes on the subject. I have singled out, and put in conspicuous type, the leading positions; and have given a sufficient number of examples to make them understood. It is not to be expected that the full effect of the larger exposition can be produced in the shorter; still, there may be an occasional advantage in the more succinct presentation of complicated doctrines. As regards the Controverted Questions, I have entered fully into the history of opinion, so as to present the different views, both formerly, and at present, entertained on each. Nominalism and Realism, the Origin of Knowledge in the mind, External Perception, Beauty, and Freewill, are the chief subjects thus treated"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Aristotle by George Grote( Book )

37 editions published between 1872 and 1998 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analysis of the phenomena of the human mind by James Mill( Book )

51 editions published between 1869 and 2012 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is an attempt to reach the simplest elements which by their combination generate the manifold complexity of our mental states, and to assign the laws of those elements, and the elementary laws of their combination, from which laws, the subordinate ones which govern the compound states are consequences and corollaries. The phenomena of the Mind include multitudes of facts, of an extraordinary degree of complexity. By observing them one at a time with sufficient care, it is possible in the mental, as it is in the material world, to obtain empirical generalizations of limited compass, but of great value for practice. When, however, we find it possible to connect many of these detached generalizations together, by discovering the more general laws of which they are cases, and to the operation of which in some particular sets of circumstances they are due, we gain not only a scientific, but a practical advantage; for we then first learn how far we can rely on the more limited generalizations; within what conditions their truth is confined; by what changes of circumstances they would be defeated or modified"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
The minor works of George Grote by George Grote( Book )

22 editions published between 1873 and 2002 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Practical essays by Alexander Bain( Book )

19 editions published between 1884 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English composition and rhetoric, a manual by Alexander Bain( Book )

49 editions published between 1866 and 2012 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moral science : a compendium of ethics by Alexander Bain( Book )

27 editions published between 1869 and 2012 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dissertations on leading philosophical topics by Alexander Bain( Book )

25 editions published between 1903 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Logic: deductive and inductive by Alexander Bain( Book )

23 editions published between 1870 and 2011 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present work aims at embracing a full course of Logic, both Formal and Inductive. In an introductory chapter, are set forth such doctrines of psychology as have a bearing on Logic, the nature of knowledge in general, and the classification of the sciences; the intention being to avoid doctrinal digressions in the course of the work. Although preparatory to the understanding of what follows, this chapter may be passed over lightly on a first perusal of the work. The part on Deduction contains the usual doctrines of the Syllogism, with the additions of Hamilton, and a full abstract of the novel and elaborate schemes of De Morgan and Boole. The Inductive portion comprises the methods of inductive research, and all those collateral topics brought forward by Mr. Mill, as part of the problem of Induction; various modifications being made in the manner of statement, the order of topics, and the proportion of the handling. The greatest innovation is the rendering of Cause by the new doctrine called the Conservation, Persistence, or Correlation of Force"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
On the study of character : including an estimate of phrenology by Alexander Bain( Book )

23 editions published between 1861 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present work is intended, if possible, to reanimate the interest in the analytical study of human character, which was considerably awakened by the attention drawn to phrenology, and which seems to have declined with the comparative neglect of that study at the present time. There is nothing more certain, than that the discriminating knowledge of individual character is a primary condition of much of the social improvement that the present age is panting for. The getting the right man into the right place is mainly a problem of the judgment of character; the mere wish to promote the fitting person is nugatory in the absence of the discrimination"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Philosophical remains of George Croom Robertson, with a memoir by George Croom Robertson( Book )

13 editions published between 1894 and 2011 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present volume contains a collection of the more important philosophical writings of the late Prof. Groom Robertson. Outside this work, besides his volume on Hobbes, there remain his historical articles in the Encyclop{aelig}dia Britannica on Abelard and Hobbes, his biographies of the Grotes in the Dictionary of National Biography (George Grote, his wife and two brothers--John and Arthur) and other minor contributions to various periodicals. The memoir is brief and comprehensive rather than minute. It has been somewhat extended by insertions of importance, as will be seen in their places"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
A higher English grammar by Alexander Bain( Book )

51 editions published between 1872 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La science de l'education by Alexander Bain( Book )

53 editions published between 1879 and 1930 in 3 languages and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fragments on ethical subjects; being a selection from his posthumous papers by George Grote( Book )

7 editions published in 1876 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The senses and the intellect
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Alexander Bain Brits psycholoog (1818-1903)

Alexander Bain filosofo e pedagogista scozzese

Alexander Bain schottischer Philosoph und Pädagoge

Alexander Bain szkocki filozof i pedagog

Bain A.

Bain, A. 1818-1903

Bain, A. (Alexander), 1818-1903

Bain, Alejandro 1818-1903

Bain, Aleksander.

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Bain, Alex 1818-1903

Bain Alexander

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Ben, A. (Alexander, 1818-1903

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Bėn, Aleksandr 1818-1903

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Bon, A. 1818-1903

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The emotions and the willMind and body; the theories of their relationEnglish composition and rhetoric, a manualMoral science : a compendium of ethicsOn the study of character : including an estimate of phrenology