« AnteriorContinuar »
Permit me, Sir, to inscribe to you the following Essays, in testimony of my respect and attachment ; and as a slight but sincere acknowledgment of the obligations you have laid me under by your long-continued kindness, as well as of the instruction and pleasure I have derived from your philosophical writings.
The state of my health having interrupted, for many months past, the continuation of my work on the Human Mind, I was induced to attempt, in the mean time, the easier task of preparing for the press a volume of Essays. I have not, however, abandoned the design which I ventured to announce eighteen years ago ; and in the execution of which I have already made considerable progress. After thirty-eight years devoted to the various pursuits connected with my different academical situations, I now indulge the hope of enjoying, in a more retired scene, a short period of private study; and feel myself sufficiently warned, by the approaching infirmilies of age, not to delay any longer my best exertions for the accomplishment of an undertaking, which I have hitherto prosecuted only at accidental and often distant intervals; but which I have always fondly imagined (whether justly or not others must determine) might, if carried into complete effect,
system, - - - ib.
Hartley, Priestley, and Darwin, - - 183
ESSAY FIFTH.—On the tendency of some late Philolo-
gical speculations, - - 201
CHAPTER I. - - - ib.
CHAPTER II. - - 212
CHAPTER III. - - - 226
CHAPTER IV. - - - 239
PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS. PART II.
ESSAY FIRST.—On the Beautiful, - - 253
Introduction, - - - ib.
PART FIRST.-On the Beautiful, when presented imme-
diately to our senses, - - - 256
CHAPTER I.—General observations on the sub-
ject of inquiry, and on the plan upon which it is
proposed to examine it, - - ib.
CHAPTER II.—Progressive Generalizations of the
word Beauty, resulting from the natural progress
of the mind.—Beauty of Colours—of Forms—of
Motion.—Combinations of these.—Uniformity in
works of art.—Beauty of Nature, - 273
CHAPTER III.-Remarks on some of Mr Burke's
principles which do not agree with the foregoing
conclusions, - - - 287