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The Ideal Aim of Physical Science: a Lecture delivered on November 7, 1924, before the University of London, at King's College

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PROF. E. W. HOBSON has published in this booklet a lecture which he delivered in the autumn at King's College, London, and which is very well worth publica tion. He expounds briefly but clearly the view of the nature and necessary limitations of science, which received its most systematic development from Auguste Comte, but which Comte himself referred in germ to Hume. Mach, Karl Pearson and Prof. Hobson him self are the most notable recent advocates of it, and it must be held to have made its case good, subject to a clearer definition of its meaning and limitation than have been given to it by some of its defenders in the past, not excluding Comte himself.

The Ideal Aim of Physical Science: a Lecture delivered on November 7, 1924, before the University of London, at King's College.

By Prof. E. W. Hobson. Pp. iv + 34. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1925.) 2s. net.

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