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By FRANCIS HUTCHESON

This paintings comprises treatises: referring to attractiveness, order, concord, layout, and pertaining to ethical strong and evil. there is not any a part of philosophy of extra value than a simply wisdom of human nature and its quite a few powers and inclinations. the writer provides those papers as an inquiry into a few of the pleasures which human nature is in a position to receiving. Written in previous English.

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When two Perceptions are entirely different from each other, or agree in nothing but the general Idea of Sensation, we call the Powers of receiving those different Perceptions, different Senses. Thus Seeing and Hearing denote the different Powers of receiving the Ideas of Colours and Sounds. And altho Colours have ࿣2 vast ࿣ Differences among themselves, as also have Sounds; yet there is a greater Agreement among the most opposite Colours, than between any Colour and a Sound: Hence Different Senses.

There is a further Beauty arising from * Sect. vi. Art. 3. Proportion. 34 treatise i that Figure, which is a natural Indication of Strength; but this may be pass’d over, because probably it may be alleg’d, that our Approbation of this Shape flows from an opinion of Advantage, and not from the Form it self. * Fowls. XI. The peculiar Beauty of Fowls can scarce be omitted, which arises from the ࿣37 vast ࿣ Variety of Feathers, a curious Sort of Machines adapted to many admirable Uses, which retain a ࿣38 vast ࿣ Resemblance in their Structure among all the Species, ࿣39 and ࿣ a perfect Uniformity in those of the same Species in the corresponding Parts, and in the two Sides of each Individual; besides all the Beauty of lively Colours and gradual Shades, not only in the external Appearance of the Fowl, resulting from an artful Combination of shaded Feathers, but often visible even in one Feather separately.

Art. 12. u section iii u Of the Beauty of Theorems. Theorems. I. The Beauty of Theorems, or universal Truths demonstrated, deserves a distinct Consideration, ࿣1 being ࿣ of a Nature pretty different from the former kinds of Beauty; and yet there is none in which we shall see such an amazing Variety with Uniformity: and hence arises a very great Pleasure distinct from Prospects of any further Advantage. II. For in one Theorem we may find included, with the most exact Agreement, an infinite Multitude of particular Truths; nay, often ࿣2 an Infinity ࿣ of Infinites: so that altho the Necessity of forming abstract Ideas, and universal Theorems, arises perhaps from the Limitation of our Minds, which cannot admit an infinite Multitude of singular Ideas or Judgments at once, yet this Power gives us an Evidence of the Largeness of the human Capacity above our Imagination.

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