English Reader, or Pieces in Prose and Poetry

English Reader, or Pieces in Prose and Poetry

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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. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ...though free, has a governour within itself, which may and ought to limit the exercise of its freedom. That governour is reason. Bayle. Yes: --but reason, like other governours, has a policy more dependent upon our uncertain caprice, than upon any fixed laws. And if that reason, which rules my mind or yours, has happened to set up a favourite notion, it not only submits implicitly to it, but desires that the same respect should be paid to it by all the rest of mankind. Now I hold that any man may lawfully oppoflfchis desire in another; and that if he is wise, he will uwhis utmost endeavours to check it in himself. Locke. Is there not also a weakness of a contrary nature to this you are now ridiculing? Do we not often take a pleasure in showing our own power, and gratifying our own pride, by degrading the notions set up by otfier men, and generally respected? Bayle. I believe we do; and by this means it often happens, that, if one man builds and consecrates' a temple to folly, another pulls it down. Locke. Do you think it beneficial to human society, to have all temples pulled down? Bayle. I cannot say that I do. Locke. Yet I find not in your writings any mark of distinction, to show us which you mean to save. Bayle. A true philosopher, like an impartial historian. Locke. Is there no medium between the blind 2eal of a sectary, and a total indifference to all religion? Bayle. With regard to morality, I was not indifferent. Locke. How could vou then be indifferent with regard to the sanctions' religion gives to morality? How could you publish what tends so directly and apparently.to weaken in mankind the belief of those sanctions? Was not this sacrificing the great interests of virtue to the little motives of vanity?.: ' Bayle. A man...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236775600
  • 9781236775603