Dr. Samuel Parr, Or, Whiggism in Its Relation to Literature

Dr. Samuel Parr, Or, Whiggism in Its Relation to Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...motto. And in reality, having cultivated it a good deal, and meditated on it still more, he had naturally come to perceive truths and relations of truth (for everything intellectual yields, upon investigation, a world of new views) to which men in general were blind from mere defect of practice and attention. This fretted him; and in some instances it must be acknowledged that the criticisms were both frivolous and vexatious. Could it be credited that Charles Fox, who wrote very passable Greek verses, and other scholars as good, were actually unacquainted with the true Roman sense of the word Probabilisl' Dr Parr had described Johnson as probabil1Is_poeta-meaning, of course, a respectable poet-one that wrote creditably, one upon whom a smiling or indulgent toleration might settle. This is the true and sole use of the word in classical Latinity. Ratio probabilis is an argument, &c., such as the understanding can submit to-a decent and respectable argument, in contradistinction to one that commands instant and universal assent. So, again, the elegant Gravina, in a passage now lying open before me, says Probabilis orator, for a pretty good speaker. But Dr Parfs critics clearly understood the word as synonymous with verisimilia, or else as answering to the English word probable, in the sense of having an overbalanee of chances in its favour. Horresco rq"eren.9! such a use of the word probabilis would be the merest dog-Latin, and Dr Parr would justly have selected his most tingling birch for the suppression of the rebellious scoundrel who could use it. Page 154. Dr Parr adds-" and who had endeavoured to loosen the strongest obligations of morality." These words are likely to be overlooked, as though they were thrown...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885619
  • 9781236885616