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DÉC. 1896.

THE

ENQUIRER.

RÉFLÉCTIONS

ON

EDUCATION, MANNERS,

AND

LITERATURE:

İN A SERIES OF ESSAYS.

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BrWILLIAM GODWIN.

-Ingenuas didiciffe fideliter artės,
Emollit mores, nec finit eflc feros.

in,

LONDON:

YRINTID

FOR G. G. AND J. ROBINSON, PATERNOSTER-ROW,

MDCCXcvii.

PUBLIC LIBRARY 286910A

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1026

PREF A C E.

THE volume here presented to the reader, is upon a construction totally different from that of a work upon the principles of political science, published by the fame author

four years ago.

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The writer deems himself an ardent lover of truth; and, to increase his chance of forcing her from her hiding-place, he has been willing to vary his method of approach.

There are two principal methods accord. ing to which truth may be investigated,

The first is by laying down one or two simple principles, which seem scarcely to be exposed to the hazard of refutation; and then developing them, applying them to a number of points, and following them into a variety of inferences. From this method of investigation, the first thing we are led to hope is, that there will result a system consentaneous to itself; and, secondly, that, if all the parts shall thus be brought into agreement with a few principles, and if those principles be themselves true, the whole will

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