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Early works to 1800
|All Authors / Contributors:||
James Beattie; James Fieser
|Notes:||Originally published: Edinburgh : A. Kincaid and J. Bell, 1770.|
|Description:||xl, 289 pages ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Part 1. Of the standard of truth. Chapter 1. Of the perception of truth in general ; ch. 2. All reasoning terminates in first principles. All evidence ultimately intuitive. Common sense the standard of truth to man --
pt. 2. Illustrations of the preceeding doctrine, with inferences. ch. 1. Confirmation of this doctrine from the practice ; ch. 2. This doctrine rejected by sceptical philosophers --
pt. 3. ch. 1. The principles of this essay consistent with the interests of science, and the rights of mankind. Imperfection of the school-logic ; ch 2. The subject continued. Estimate of the metaphysic and metaphysical writers. Causes of the present degeneracy of moral science ; ch. 3. Consequences of metaphysical scepticism --
Postscript [added to the 1771 edition] --
Appendix 1. "The general principles of a Treatise on the universality of moral sentiment" (from Elements of moral science, 1793, Vol.2, paragraphs 521-532) --
Appendix 2. Letters to and from Beattie pertaining to the composition and reception of the Essay (from William Forbes, An account of the life and writings of James Beattie (1806)).
|Series Title:||Scottish common sense philosophy : sources and origins, v. 2.|
|Responsibility:||James Beattie ; edited and introduced by James Fieser.|