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By FRANCIS HUTCHESON

This paintings comprises treatises: referring to attractiveness, order, concord, layout, and touching on ethical strong and evil. there is not any a part of philosophy of extra significance than a simply wisdom of human nature and its quite a few powers and inclinations. the writer provides those papers as an inquiry into a number of the pleasures which human nature is able to receiving. Written in previous English.

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10 preface Form, that a Gentleman cannot easily bring himself to like it; and those who are Strangers to it, can scarcely bear to hear our Description of it. So much it is changed from what was once the delight of the finest Gentlemen among the Antients, and their Recreation after the Hurry of publick Affairs! ” If the Reader be convinc’d of ࿣21 such Determinations of the Mind to be pleas’d with Forms, Proportions, Resemblances, Theorems, ࿣ it will be no difficult matter to apprehend another superior Sense, natural ࿣22 also ࿣ to Men, determining them to be pleas’d with Actions, Characters, Affections.

Uniformity. Compound Ratio. 30 treatise i the perfectly regular ones of which they are compounded: and we shall find, that the Want of that most perfect Uniformity observable in the latter, is compensated by the greater Variety in the ࿣9 others ࿣, so that the Beauty is nearly equal. IV. These Observations would probably hold true for the most part, and might be confirm’d by the Judgment of Children in the simpler Figures, where the Variety is not too great for their Comprehension. And however uncertain some of the particular aforesaid Instances may seem, yet this is perpetually to be observ’d, that Children are fond of all regular Figures in their little Diversions, altho they be no more convenient, or useful for them, than the Figures of our common Pebbles: We see how early they discover a Taste or Sense of Beauty, in desiring to see Buildings, regular Gardens, or even Representations of them in Pictures of any kind.

I am, May it please your Excellency, Your most obliged, Most obedient, and Most devoted humble Servant, Dublin, June 19. 1725 Francis Hutcheson. [ix] the preface There is no part of Philosophy of more importance, than a just Knowledge of Human Nature, and its various Powers and Dispositions. Our late Inquirys have been very much employ’d about our Understanding, and the several Methods of obtaining Truth. We generally acknowledge, that the Importance of any Truth is nothing else than its Moment, or Efficacy to make Men happy, or to give them the greatest and most lasting Pleasure; and Wisdom denotes only a Capacity of pursuing this End by the best Means.

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