Advice to the Student on the Improvement of the Understanding

Advice to the Student on the Improvement of the Understanding

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...the least uncertainty or conjecture, even by the most careless and inattentive reader. 2. Though Perspicuity is an essential, yet it is a relative quality, and, consequently, cannot properly be asserted of any work, without a tacit reference to the class of readers or hearers for which it is designed. The style which is adapted to the learned, may be quite unsuitable to the illiterate. We must, therefore, take into consideration the degree and kind of attention, which the individuals whom we are addressing, have been accustomed, or are likely to bestow. Some hearers or readers, for instance, will be found slow of apprehension indeed, but capable of understanding what is very copiously and gradually explained to them; while others, on the contrary, who are much quicker in perceivmg the sense of what is expressed in a short compass, are incapable of long attention, and are not only wearied, but absolutely bewildered, by a diffuse Style. It is not, however, to be understood, because extreme conciseness is ill-suited to hearers or readers, whose intellectual powers and cultivation are but small, that a prolix style is therefore the best adapted to such minds. Both extremes are, in general, improper. Most of those who could comprehend the meaning, when briefly expressed, and many of those who could not do so, are likely to be bewildered by too great an expansion; and, being unable to maintain a steady attention to what is said, they forget part of what they have heard or read before the sense is complete. To avoid the disadvantages both of conciseness and prolixity, it will frequently be necessary to employ Repetition; that is, to repeat the same sentiment and argument in many different forms of expression, each in itself brief, but all together, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500067
  • 9781236500069