The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 4

The Philosophical Works, Publ. by David Mallet Volume 4

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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. 1754 edition. Excerpt: ...it would be supplied, as a proof that the want was real, and that, after it had been long ss N zp corn. In general, these men Complained that sense.reached but a little way in acquiring knowledge, that the human mind was weak, that the human life was short, and that the truth of things lay deep in darkness. These complaints related to all parts of science, physical and metaphyfical, to.natural philosophy as well as natural theology: and I might, therefore, make the same use of them in one case, that CLARKE makes in the other. I might bring the imperfect knowledge of corporeal nature, and the sense philosophers had of this imperfection, in proof that some necessary 'knowledge of this kind was wanting, and that they had reason to hope the defect would be supplied sooner or later, some how or other, in a natural or in a supernatural way. I might beg the ques. tion, like the doctor; and, having assumed that they were ignorant of many things necessary to the physical, as he assumes with much less reason that they were of many things necessary to the moral, advantages of life; I might argue that they they had reason to expect a time would come, when men would be rendered able to discover not only the second, but the first qualities of substances, to reason from a general knowledge of essences, not from a particular knowledge of effects, and to frame by these and other extraordinary means a complete, regular, and confistent scheme or system of the whole economy 'of corporeal nature. IN this manner Imight represent the wants, the complaints, and the expectations of the heathen philosophers. ThusI might argue: and my representation and my argument would be extremely ridiculous. But are those of CLARKE of them, at least, whose works are come down...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236941276
  • 9781236941275