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ON THE

HUMAN UNDERSTANDING:

ABRIDGED

FOR COLLEGIATE AND GENERAL USE.

WITE

A PRELIMINARY OUTLINE OF THE PLAN OF THE ORIGINAL WORK.

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SOMETIME SCHOLAR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN ; AUTHOR OF “ORIGINAL VIEWS OF

PASSAGES IN THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF HORACE;" ETC, ETC.

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DUBLIN:
HODGES AND SMITH, GRAFTON-STREET,

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DUBLIN: Printed at the University Press,

BY M. H. GILL.

PREFACE.

• THE purpose of the present undertaking is to edit

the pure text of " Locke's Essay" from a comparison of the best previous editions, in a compass more proportionate to the solid contents of the Work, in a form more easy of access, and on a principle less liable to some particular objections, than has been heretofore attempted; in the hope that an acquaintance, at once real and ready, with that standard specimen of ancient English philosophy may thereby be secured and extended.

The process of abridgment I have endeavoured to carry out by reducing the repetitions, diffusiveness, and irrelevant matter, by which many parts of the “ Essay” are incumbered. I have felt, however, that mere convenience should not be so far con-' sulted by a compiler of LOCKE as to induce him to mar the genuine style of the unique original: repetitions, too, are often impressive ; especially when they recall at intervals the main question in a long argument: and matter strictly irrelevant (as, for instance, practical reflections on truths established, or supposed to be so) may be very valuable.

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