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VIEW OF NATURE, ,

IN LETTERS

TO A TRAVELLER AMONG THE ALPS,

WITH

REFLECTIONS

ON

ATHEISTICAL PHILOSOPHY,

NOW EXEMPLIFIED IN

FRANCE.

BY RICHARD JOSEPH SULIVAN, Esq.

F.R. S, AND F. A.S.

Mala enim, et impia consuetudo est contra Deos disputandi, sive ox

animo id fit, sive simulate.

CICERO

IN SIX VOLUMES.

VOL. IV.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR T. BECKET, PAŁL MALL,

BOOKSELLER TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS

THE PRINCE OF WALES,
AND THIIR ROYAL RIGNNESSES, THE DUKES OF YORK AND

CLARENCE, AND THE JUNIOR PRINCES.

1794

(SION COLLEGE

LIBRARY.

SOLD BY ORDER OF THE

PRESIDENT AND GOVERNORS 1938,

it comm.

Hoodgaon 7531 33677

CON TEN TS.

LETTER LXIII.

DIFFICULTY and importance of metaphysical in

quiries---Ofthe soul---Theknown properties of mat- ; ter not sufficient to account for the phænomena of mind ---these not explicable on the theory of organization---mind as well as body only known in its properties---the distinct existence of each equally capable of proof---the union of mind and matter inexplicable --- Various and contradictory.opinions of the ancients concerning the soul---personal identity dependant on consciousness---The utility and importance of the doctrine of immortality---proofs, from the nature of the soul---from the general sense of mankind---how far this doctrine was received among the ancient Jews.

LETTER LXIV. Analogical arguments for a future state---Moral arguments from the influence of the doctrine on the virtue and happiness of mankind---the folly and inhumanity of attempting to deprive men of this hope---our knowledge of the mode of future existence very imperfect

-Doctrines of the ancients-pre-existence and transVOL. IV.

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