Elements of the Philosophy of the Mind, and of Moral Philosophy: To which is Prefixed a Compendium of Logic

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J. Johnson, 1801 - 447
 

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Strona 131 - To what purpose is it for philosophy to decide against common sense in this or any other matter ? The belief of a material world is older, and of more authority, than any principles of philosophy.
Strona 434 - the doing good to mankind, in obedience to the will of God, and for the sake of everlasting happiness.
Strona 201 - If this be a true definition of wit, I am apt to think that Euclid was the greatest wit that ever set pen to paper. It is certain there never was a greater propriety of words and thoughts adapted to the subject, than what that author has made use of in his Elements.
Strona 34 - If any sensation A, idea B, or muscular motion C, be associated for a sufficient number of times with any other sensation D, idea E, or muscular motion F, it will, at last, excite d, the simple idea belonging to the sensation D, the very idea E, or the very muscular motion F.
Strona 186 - We seem to be in the place of God to them, to be his vicegerents, and empowered to receive homage from them in his name. And we are obliged, by the same tenure, to be their guardians and benefactors.
Strona 259 - According to the hypothesis of free-will, the essence of virtue and vice consists in liberty ; for example, benevolence without liberty is no virtue : malignity without liberty is no vice. Both are equally in a neutral state. Add a portion of liberty to both, benevolence instantly becomes an eminent virtue, and malignity an odious vice. That is, IF TO EQUALS YOU ADD EQUALS, THE WHOLES WILL BE UNEQUAL ; than which nothing can be more absurd.
Strona 160 - THE conviction which every man has of his Identity, as far back as his memory reaches, needs no aid of philosophy to strengthen it; and no philosophy can weaken it, without first producing some degree of insanity.
Strona 82 - MAY not the harmony and difcord of " colours arife from the proportions of the €t vibrations propagated through the fibres " of the optic nerves into the brain, as the " harmony and difcord of founds arife from " the proportions of the vibrations of the " air ? for fome colours, if they be viewed " together, are agreeable to one another, " as thofe of gold and indigo, and others
Strona 440 - I would define virtue," writes Godwin, "to be any action or actions of an intelligent being, proceeding from kind and benevolent intention, and having a tendency to contribute to general...
Strona 201 - I shall only appeal to my reader, if this definition agrees with any notion he has of wit. If it be a true one, I am sure Mr. Dryden was not only a better poet, but a greater wit than Mr. Cowley, and Virgil a much more facetious man than either Ovid or Martial.

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