Observations on Man 2 Volume Set

Observations on Man 2 Volume Set : His Frame, his Duty, and his Expectations

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The orphaned son of an Anglican clergyman, David Hartley (1705-57) was originally destined for holy orders. Declining to subscribe to the Thirty-Nine Articles, he turned to medicine and science yet remained a religious believer. This, his most significant work, provides a rigorous analysis of human nature, blending philosophy, psychology and theology. First published in two volumes in 1749, Observations on Man is notable for being based on the doctrine of the association of ideas. It greatly influenced scientists, theologians, social reformers and poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who named his eldest son after Hartley, had his portrait painted while holding a copy. In Volume 1, Hartley utilises Newtonian science in his observations, presenting his theory of 'vibrations'. Volume 2 is particularly concerned with human morality and the duty and expectations of mankind. Hartley is keen to show that scientific observation is not necessarily in conflict with religious conviction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1026 pages
  • 140 x 222 x 65mm | 1,200g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1108063683
  • 9781108063685

Table of contents

Volume 1: Preface; Introduction; 1. Of the general laws; 2. The application of the doctrines of vibrations; 3. A particular application of the foregoing theory; 4. The six classes of intellectual pleasures; Conclusion. Volume 2: Introduction; 1. Of the being and attributes of God; 2. Of the truth of the Christian religion; 3. Of the rule of life; 4. Of the expectations of mankind; Conclusion; Index.
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