And the Human Understanding. an Inquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Appendix. the Natural History of Religion

And the Human Understanding. an Inquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Appendix. the Natural History of Religion

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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. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...than pastoral, -and every one is sensible, that the chief source Of its pleasure arises from, those images of a gentle and tender tranquillity which it represents in its personages, and of which it communicates a like sentiment to the reader. Sannazarius, who transferred the scene to the sea-shore, though he presented the most magnificent object in nature, is confessed to have erred in his choice. The idea of toil, labour, and danger, suffered by the fisherman, is painful; by an unavoidable sympathy which attends every conception of human happiness or misery. When I was twenty, says a French poet, _Ovid was my favourite; Now l am forty, I declare for Horace, We enter, to be sure, more readily into sentiments which resemble those we feel every day: But no passion, when well represented, can be entirely indifferent to us; because there is none of which every man has not with him, at least the seeds and first principles. Iti is the business of poetry to bring every affection near to us by lively imagery and representation, and make l, it look like truth and reality; a certain proof that, " wherever the reality is found, our minds are disposed to be strongly affected by it. Any recent event or piece of news, by which the fate of' states, provinces, or many individuals is affected, is extremely interesting even to those whose welfare is not immediately engaged. Such intelligence' is propagated with celerity, heard with avidity, and inquired into with attention and concern. The interestiof society appears, on this occasion, to be in some degree the interest of each individual. The imagination is sure to be affected; though the passions excited may not always be so strong and steady as to have great influence on the conduct and...
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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236764102
  • 9781236764102