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LECTURES

ON THE

PHILOSOPHY OF THE HUMAN MIND.

LECTURE XXXV.

ON MR HUME'S CLASSIFICATION OF THE CAUSES OF ASSOCIATE

FEELINGS, CONCLUDED-PRIMARY LAWS OF SUGGESTION1. RESEMBLANCE.

In the conclusion of my last Lecture, Gentlemen, offered some remarks on Mr Hume's classification of the circumstances on which he supposes our associate trains of thought to depend, and, particularly, on the strange attempt which he made, in conformity with this arrangement, to reduce contrast, as a connecting principle of our ideas, into causation and resemblance,—an attempt which, as we have seen, explains nothing,—and explains nothing with most laborious incongruity. Of such mistakes of such a mind, it should as I have already remarked, be the natural tendency to inspire us with more diffidence in our own judgment, and more indulgent toleration for the want of discernment in others, which, in the intercourse of life, we must often have to discover and lament. Above all, as the most instructive lesson which can be derived from them, they should teach us the folly of attaching ourselves implicitly to great names; since, in adopting the whole system of opinions, even of the most acute philosophers, we may be in dan

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