The Origins of Newman's "The Grammar of Assent"

Josef L. Altholz, Professor of History, University of Minnesota


Chapter four, note 43, of the author's The Liberal Catholic Movement in England: The "Rambler" and its Contributors, 1848-1864, which Burns and Oates (London) published in 1962. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

Ward cites a memorandum by Newman on "Fluctuations of Human Opinion," dated 1860, giving the viewpoint of a sceptic; the arguments are essentially those of Capes. The Grammar of Assent was Newman's final answer to the problems therein posed. For Simpson's critique of the Grammar of Assent, see his review in the North British Review, LII (July 1870), 220-233.


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