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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
NATURE OF THE ANIMATE WORLD ; ITS PECULIAR
POWERS, AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS ; MEANS OF com-
VI. On Sympathy and Fascination . . 157
NATURE OF THE MIND: ITS GENERAL FACULTIES AND
I. On Materialism and Immaterialism -
explained by popular Tradition, by various
Schools of Philosophy, and by Revelation
V. On ancient and modern Sceptics - - 103
X. On the leading Characters and Passions of
savage and civilized Life
BOOK OF NATURE.
ON MATTER, AND A MATERIAL WORLD.
In the comprehensive range of science proposed to be treated of in the SURREY INSTITUTION, the department to which I shall have the honour of inviting your attention will be that of NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, or Physics, in the most extensive sense of these terms: that branch of science which makes use of the individual principles and discoveries of every other branch within the range of nature, as the architect makes use of the bricks, the mortar, the wood, and the marble of different artisans, and builds up the whole into a perfect edifice; which takes a bird's-eye view, as it were, of a picturesque and spreading landscape from some commanding eminence; and, without having laboured in the details of arranging the ground, of cultivating the soil, of planting the woods, of giving flexure to the rivers, of enriching the scenery with flocks, herds, bridges, and buildings, points out the general connection of part with part, and the harmony which flows from the combined effect. This, indeed, is to