Letters on Education

Letters on Education

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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. 1801 edition. Excerpt: ...and all the bad passions be subdued, by reason, as soon as the child is old enough to listen to hs dictates. " Let ' the understanding be convinced of the ad vantages of virtue," fay they, " and there " Is no doubt but that the conduct will be " virtuous." This sort of argument in favour of an early indulgence of the passions puts one in mind of the quack doctor in the farce, who wished his patient to have all manner of diseases in order to shew the efficacy of his panacea in removing them. It supposes reason to work as a charm, and takes it for granted that the.understanding acts separately and independently of the passions and affections; that it is at all times superior to their influence, and that it is always always capable of jcontroling their impetuosity. Little must they have been accustomed to the taste of self-examination who can thus argue. Little must they have observed on human character who have not in innumerable instances perceived the understanding dictating.the opinions, while the passions governed the conduct. Where the selfish and diflbeial passions have by frequent recurrence become habitual, it is in vain that we convince the reason of the bad cousequences of their indulgence., The reason may be convinced most fully, and after full conviction have cause, on the first assault of passion, to exclaim with the Apostle, " That " I do, I allow not; for what I-would, that " I do not; but what I hate, that de //--for " to will is present with me, but haw tt per" form that which is good Ifind net." For such as thus seel the inefficiency of reason to the control of the corrupt passions and d-sires of the heart, tlie only remedy is that applied to by the Apostle. The...
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512022
  • 9781236512024