By FRANCIS HUTCHESON
This paintings comprises treatises: relating good looks, order, concord, layout, and bearing on ethical strong and evil. there is not any a part of philosophy of extra significance than a simply wisdom of human nature and its a number of powers and tendencies. the writer provides those papers as an inquiry into many of the pleasures which human nature is able to receiving. Written in outdated English.
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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.
London, 1711. According to the subtitle of the first edition of the Inquiry (see footnote i on the title page), Hutcheson’s intention was to defend Shaftesbury’s views against Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees. 10 preface Form, that a Gentleman cannot easily bring himself to like it; and those who are Strangers to it, can scarcely bear to hear our Description of it. So much it is changed from what was once the delight of the finest Gentlemen among the Antients, and their Recreation after the Hurry of publick Affairs!
The same Uniformity there is probably among the Parts of other Fluids as well as Water: and the like must be observ’d in several other natural Bodys, as Salts, Sulphurs, and such like; whose uniform Propertys do probably depend upon an Uniformity in the Figures of their Parts. Harmony. XIII. Under Original Beauty we may include Harmony, or Beauty of Sound, if that Expression can be allow’d, because Harmony is not usually conceiv’d as an Imitation of any thing else. Harmony often raises Plea- * See Sect.
An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics) by FRANCIS HUTCHESON