William Wallace (1843-1897)

May 11, 1843 - February 18, 1897

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Lectures and Essays on Natural Theology and Ethics (1898)

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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
                       Volume XIV. The Victorian Age, Part Two.

                              I. Philosophers.
                              § 34. William Wallace.
   Of the numerous writers who represent a type of thought similar to Green’s in origin and
   outlook only a few can be mentioned here. In 1874, the year in which Green’s “introductions”
   to Hume were published, there appeared, also, The Logic of Hegel, translated from the
   latter’s Encyclopaedia by William Wallace, who afterwards succeeded to Green’s chair of
   moral philosophy at Oxford. A second edition of this work, in which the introductory matter
   was considerably extended, was issued in 1892; and this was followed, in 1894, by Hegel’s
   Philosophy of Mind, and, in 1898 (after the author’s death), by Lectures and Essays on
   Natural Theology and Ethics. Wallace devoted himself more directly than his associates to
   the elucidation of Hegel’s thought; but it may be doubted whether he himself adhered any more
   closely than they did to the details of the dialectic. The prolegomena and introductory essays,
   by which his translations were prefaced, are not merely explanatory of difficulties. They have
   often the character of original interpretations; they approach the subject from different points of
   view and show a rare power of selecting essential factors. Wallace had wide intellectual
   sympathies and found matter of agreement with philosophers of different schools; but all, in his
   hands, led towards a central idealism. His work consisted in pointing out the various avenues
   of approach to the temple of idealism, rather than in unveiling its mysteries.

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