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ADWERTISEMENT.

IN various parts of the following Work, references are made to subsequent speculations, which are not contained in it. These speculations it is my intention to resume at some future period : but when I consider the extent of my subject, and the many accidents which may divert me from the prosecution of it, I cannot venture so far as to announce, in the title-page of this volume, any promise of a future publication.

Some additional chapters are still wanting, to complete the analysis of the Intellectual Powers. After finishing this, the course of my inquiries would lead me to treat, in the second place, of Man considered as an Active and Moral being ; and, thirdly, of Man considered as the member of a Political Society.

college of *: March 13, 1792.

CONTENTS.

Page. INTRODUCTION.—PART I.-Of the Nature and Object of the Philosophy of the Human Mind - I PART II.—Section I.-Of the Utility of the Philosophy of the Human Mind . - 15 II.-Continuation of the same Subject 38 CHAPTER I.-Of the Powers of External Perception . - 55 Srction I.-Of the Theories which have been formed by Philosophers, to explain the Manner in which the MIND perceives external Objects - - - - - - - - - ib. II.-Of certain natural Prejudices, which seem to have given rise to the common Theories of Perception . . . 61 III.-Of Dr. Reid's Speculations on the subject of Perception 76 IV.-Of the Origin of our Knowledge - - - " - - 81 CHAPTER II.-Of Attention . - - - - - - . 89 CHAPTER III.—Of Conception , - - - - - - 113 CHAPTER IV.-Of Abstraction . . - - - - - 129 Section I.-General Observations on this Faculty of the Mind - ib. II.-Of the Objects of our Thoughts, when we employ general Terms - - - - - - 139 III.-Remarks on the Opinions of some modern Philosophers on the Subject of the foregoing Section - - - 154

IV.-Continuation of the same Subject.—Inferences with respect
to the Use of Language as an Instrument of Thought, and
the Errours in Reasoning to which it occasionally gives rise 166
V.—Of the purposes to which the powers of Abstraction and Gen-
eralization are subservient - - - - - 17i
VI.-Of the Errours to which we are liable in Speculation, and in
the Conduct of Affairs, in consequence of a rash Application
of general Principles - - - -. - - 181

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