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PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS.

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HONORARY MEMBER OF THE IMPERIAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
At ST PETERs BURGH ;
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY of BERLIN;
AND OF THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY HELD
At PHILADELPHIA ;
FORMeRLY PROFESSOR OF MORAL Philosophy in the
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH.

SECOND EDITION.

EDINBURGH :
Printed by George Ramsay and Company,
FOR ARCHIBALD consta BLE AND company, EDINBURGH ;
CADELL AND DAVIES ; LONGMAN, HURST, REEs, or ME, AND
BROWN ; J. MURRAY ; BALDw1N, cradock, AND Joy ; AND
GALE AND FENNER, LoNDoN.

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TO

M. PREVOST,

PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN THE ACA beMY OF GENEVA 5
FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETIES OF LONDON
AND OF EDINBURGH ;
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF BEIR LIN ;

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In the interrupted state of our correspondence at present, you will pardon the liberty I take, in prefiting your name to this Volume. The honour you have lately done me, by your French translation of my book on the Human Mind, and the warm interest Ayou have always taken in the success of that work, since the period of its first appearance, I feel as the most flattering marks of approbation which it has ever received ; and they might perhaps have tempted me to indulge, more than becomes me, the vanity of an author, had it not becn repressed by the still more pleasing idea, that I am indebted for them chiefly to the parist, of your friendship.

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