This book provides the first critical edition of John Henry Newman's classic work, A Grammar of Assent. The editor's introduction contains a synopsis of Newman's argument as well as an account of the development of his thought and a history of the composition of the final text. Ker discusses critical reaction to the Grammar and attempts to clarify and interpret Newman's thoughts in areas where his meaning has been misunderstood. A Textual Appendix lists every variant published in Newman's lifetime and the editor's Notes include detailed references to Newman's other writings. full use has been made of the manuscript drafts and all available philosophical notebooks and papers.
`Extremely high quality of the editorial work. This critical edition is a most welcome addition to the literature on Newman.
'Over fifty pages of Notes provide a wealth of information on the allusions and references running through the pages of the great work. Kerr has done his work thoroughly with regard to the text, which was the primary purpose of his labours. He helps us realize that Newman's thought took shape slowly and achieved adequate articulation even more slowly ... bound to be the standard text for all serious students of Newman's opus magnum, and should do much to
enhance the appeal of this classic of religious philosophy.'
T. Norris, Irish Theological Quarterly