A Vindication of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man; From the Misrepresentations of MR de Crousaz

A Vindication of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man; From the Misrepresentations of MR de Crousaz

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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. 1740 edition. Excerpt: ...own Species? just as Men, when they "see the surprising Instances of Sagacity in an Ape, "are almost tempted to think him of their own kind: And yet this wondrous Man could go no farther in "the Knowledge of his own Nature, than the Gene rality of his Species." Thus stands the Argument, in which the Poet has paid a higher Complement to the great Newton, as well as a more ingenious, than any of his most zealous Followers. Yet the Translator, now quite in the dark, by Mistake heaped upon Mistake, imagined his Design was to depreciate Newton's Knowledge, and humble the Pride of his Followers: Which hath made him play at cross Purposes with his Original. "Des celestes Espri s la vive Intelligence "Regarde avec pitie notre foible Science; - Newton, le grand Newton, que nos admirons tous, "Est peutetre pour eux, ce qu'un Singe est pour nous. "The heavenly Spirits, whose Understanding is so far superior to ours, look down with Pity on the "Weakness of human Science; Newton, the great New"ton, whom we so much admire, is perhaps in no higher "Esteem with them, than an Ape is with us." But it is not their Pity but their Admiration that is the Question here: and it was for no flight Cauie they admired; it was to fee a mortal Man unsold the whole Law os Nature; which, by the way, might have shewn the I 2 Translator, Lgt. IV. Translator, that the Poet was speaking os real Science in the foregoing Paragraph. Nor was it Mr. Pope's Intention to bring any of the Ape's Qualities but its Sagacity into the Comparison. But why the Ape's Sagacity, rather than that of any other Animal; particularly the half-reasoning Elephant, as the Poet calls it, which seem'd, on account of its superior Sagacity to all...show more

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