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    Harris, James & Francois Thurot. Hermes ou Recherches Philosophiques Sur La Grammaire Universelle, Ouvrage Traduit de L'anglois, de Jacques Harris, Avec des Remarques et des Additions; par Francois Thurot. Paris: L'Imprimerie De La Republique, 1796. [An IV] 8vo. ¹2, a-g8, h4, A-2C8. [4], cxix, [1],415,[1]p. Contemp.1/2 green calf over decorated paper boards, spine decorated in gilt, title in gilt on red leather label, rubbing, publisher's label on verso of half-title listing the author & Leboucher as sources to purchase this book, minor foxing on t.p. Folding table. First French Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $350.00


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    Harris, James (1709-1780), philosopher and musical patron. "Harris's philosophical and literary studies centered on the classical writers, and his many friends helped to track down both manuscripts and printed texts and to obtain copies; the area of search was extended when his son embarked on his diplomatic career abroad. A more recent and particularly strong influence was his uncle the moral philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper, third earl of Shaftesbury, whom he never knew but whose son, the fourth earl, was a frequent and intimate correspondent. [This work]... provided him with the nickname by which he was frequently known, Hermes Harris."[Oxford DNB] "His general theory is that language, both spoken and written, and the thought processes it reflects, reveal a universality found not only in language but in Nature itself. Of even greater interest, Harris also maintains that logical categories are the deep structure not only of grammar and literary language, but of all human intellectual operations...

    Harris' ideas have been noted as strikingly similar to those of Ferdinand de Saussure (langue/parole) and Chomsky (competence and performance). [Dict. of 18th c. British Philosophers.]

    Thurot, Francois, (1768-1832), occupied the chair of ancient Greek philosophy at the College de France. His translations were known for their excellence of scholarly apparatus, fidelity, and simplicity. This translation was made at the order of French Directory. It is much more than a translation with extensive notes and commentary by Thurot.



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