The Works of Dugald Stewart: Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith. Account of the life and writings of William Robertson. Account of the life and writings of Thomas Reid. Tracts respecting the election of Mr. Leslie to the professorship of mathematics in the university of Edinburgh

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Hilliard and Brown, 1829
 

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Page 234 - The sole end of logic is to explain the principles and operations of our reasoning faculty, and the nature of our ideas ; morals and criticism regard our tastes and sentiments; and politics consider men as united in society, and dependent on each other.
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Page 49 - ... a theory of the general principles which ought to run through, and be the foundation of, the laws of all nations.
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Page 230 - The intense view of these manifold contradictions and imperfections in human reason has so wrought upon me, and heated my brain, that I am ready to reject all belief and reasoning, and can look upon no opinion even as more probable or likely than another.
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