The Present State of the Republick of Letters Volume 1

The Present State of the Republick of Letters Volume 1

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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. 1728 edition. Excerpt: ... can furnish, he always proposes them with the utmost caution; and by a modesty peculiar to superior talents, sets a becoming example to those of a lower rank j but perhaps as difficult for human nature to imitate, as any other part of his character. Though the subject will not admit of mathematical demonstration j for the Principles we must proceed upon being only probable, the a Liv. in Pro m. Hoc illud eft prsecipuc in cognitione rerum salubre ac frugiferum, omnis te exempli documenta in illustri polira monumento intueri: mde tibi "tuaeque rcipublicae quod imitere capias; inde f dum iuceptu fwdum exitu quod vites, conconclusions cannot be infallibly certain: yet his arguments are so numerous, and each of them so cogent, that they force our assent to the consequences he draws from them. The chain is indeed sometimes so long, that ordinary capacities will be in danger now and then of dropping a link, and losing the connection j but to such as have a sufficient strength of genius, those labours of thought will be only a pleasing exercise, which, to minds of a weaker constitution, would prove an unsurmountable fatigue. Such, however, will find a very agreeable entertainment from his account of the heathen Mythology, of the origin and progress of arts and sciences, and a variety of curious observations of several kinds, which he has interspersed throughout the whole work. The generous and good-natured mind, in particular, will be pleased to find him lose no opportunity of instilling those principles of virtue and humanity, which, both by his conduct and his writings, appear to have been always uppermost in his heart. He severely condemns b all oppression, and every kind of cruelty, even to brute beasts; he inculcates.show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900545
  • 9781236900548