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DISCOURSES

ON

VARIOUS SUBJECTS.

Works on Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy, by the same Author.

ESSAYS ON THE FORMATION AND PUBLICATION OF

OPINIONS, and on other Subjects. Third Edition, 8vo. ESSAYS ON THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND ON THE

PROGRESS OF KNOWLEDGE. Second Edition, 8vo. A REVIEW OF BERKELEY'S THEORY OF VISION, designed

to show the Unsoundness of that celebrated Speculation. 8vo. A LETTER TO A PHILOSOPHER, in reply to some recent Attempts

to vindicate Berkeley's Theory of Vision. (Pamphlet.)

Preparing for Publication, A Second Edition of THE THEORY OF REASONING. By the same

Author.

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Libr. Harding 2-17-44 49067

PRE FACE.

The Author of the following Discourses has been occasionally called upon, in his capacity of member of several Literary and Philosophical Societi, and sometimes merely in that of a well-wisher, to contribute to their Transactions. When, in the course of some quarter of a century, these contributions had accumulated to a goodly pile, it occurred to him, on looking them over, that a selection from them would be well received by his friends, and might possibly be acceptable to a wider circle. The Discourses were written at considerable intervals, not with any view to publication, but simply for the occasions on which they were read, and on subjects that happened at the time to interest the writer's mind. After they had served the purpose for which they had been produced, they were laid aside, and their contents almost forgotten. Having been composed, nevertheless, with a good deal of pains at first, and

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