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Record 4016

Reading Experience:

'I have ? read your criticism of my book. I will not say that you have given no twinges to my vanity; but I will say that I am in perfect charity with my critic. I should have preferred it if you had been a convert & admitted that every word I said was true. But I am quite satisfied to have a candid & generous critic & that you could not cease to be without ceasing to be yourself. Most of the points between us would require a treatise instead of a letter. As, for example, I can never understand what is meant to aversion & desire [to] expect anticipation of pain & pleasure. Therefore to me it is the same thing to say that conduct is determined by one or the other. But this implies a psychological difference not to be bridged over in a letter.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 1882
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Leslie Stephen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Nov 1832
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Literary critic, historian, journalist, biographer
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Sidgwick
Title: Review of Leslie Stephen's The Science of Ethics
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Social Science
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: Mind 7 (Oct 1882)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 4016  
Source - Print  
  Author: Leslie Stephen
  Editor: John Bicknell
  Title: The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol. 2 1882-1904
  Place of Publication: Ohio State University Press
  Date of Publication: 2
  Vol: 1996
  Page: 255
  Additional comments: Letter from Stephen to Henry Sidgwick (10/10/1882)

Citation: Leslie Stephen, John Bicknell (ed.), The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol. 2 1882-1904 (Ohio State University Press, 2), 1996, p. 255,, accessed: 06 December 2023

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