Review Of "Mill, Past Masters"

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At last! InteLex's sophisticated, fast, and easy search and retrieval program for IBM-compatible PCs uses an outstanding text database product that provides a full text and an index of every word of Mill's Utilitarianism, On Liberty, Considerations on Representative Government, The Subjection of Women, "Bentham," "Coleridge," "Chapters on Socialism," and Dr. Whewell on Moral Philosophy--all in a single file of less than 1.2mb. After loading, preferably from a hard disk, users simply press the space bar and search words in various Boolean combinations; seconds later highlighted "hits" appear in "folios" (usually paragraphs). Press Alt-F(ocus), and "hits" appear in abbreviated contexts. ASCII text can be saved to disk for future wordprocessing or can be printed directly. Because of self-explanatory on-line help, neither the well-written manual nor library staff will be in great demand. InteLex has been scrupulous in checking its databases against major academic editions and keying its citations both to them and to inexpensive Hackett editions. Soon to join Mill, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Bentham, and Sidgwick in this "Past Masters" series are Plato and Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Peirce, Dewey, James, Kierkegaard, and Spinoza. Invaluable for any good research library. (There is no relationship between the InteLex software series and the Oxford University Press series of the same name.)


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