By FRANCIS HUTCHESON

This paintings includes treatises: touching on attractiveness, order, concord, layout, and referring to ethical sturdy and evil. there isn't any a part of philosophy of extra significance than a simply wisdom of human nature and its quite a few powers and inclinations. the writer offers those papers as an inquiry into a few of the pleasures which human nature is in a position to receiving. Written in previous English.

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We therefore by* Absolute Beauty understand only that Beauty, which we perceive in Objects without comparison to any thing external, of which the Object is suppos’d an Imitation, or Picture; such as that Beauty perceiv’d from the Works of Nature, artificial Forms, Figures, ࿣57 Theorems ࿣. Comparative or Relative Beauty is that which we perceive in Objects, commonly considered as Imitations or Resemblances of something else. These two Kinds of Beauty employ the three following Sections. [16] * This division of Beauty is taken from the different Foundations of Pleasure to our Sense of it, rather than from the Objects themselves: for most of the following Instances of relative Beauty have also absolute Beauty; and many of the Instances of absolute Beauty, have also relative Beauty in some respect or other.

26 treatise i tiful Objects from Self-love, with a view to obtain the Pleasures of Beauty, as in Architecture, Gardening, and many other Affairs; yet there must be a Sense of Beauty, antecedent to Prospects even of this Advantage, without which Sense, these Objects would not be thus [13] Advantageous, nor excite in us this Pleasure which constitutes them advantageous. Our Sense of Beauty from Objects, by which they are constituted good to us, is very distinct from our Desire of them when they are thus constituted: Our Desire of Beauty may be counter-ballanc’d by Rewards or Threatnings, but never our Sense of it; even as Fear of Death, ࿣43 or Love of Life, ࿣ may make us ࿣44 chuse and ࿣ desire a bitter Potion, or neglect those Meats which the Sense of Taste would recommend as pleasant; ࿣45 and yet no prospect of Advantage, or Fear of Evil, can ࿣ make that Potion agreeable to the Sense, or Meat disagreeable to it, ࿣46 which was ࿣ not so antecedently to this Prospect.

II. ࿣ The Second Edition, Corrected and Enlarg’d. Itaque eorum ipsorum quae aspectu sentiuntur, nullum aliud animal pulchritudinem, venustatem, convenientiam partium sentit. Quam similitudinem natura ratioque ab oculis ad animum transferens, multo etiam magis pulchritudinem, constantiam, ordinem in consiliis, factisque conservandum putat. Quibus ex rebus conflatur & efficitur id quod quaerimus honestum: Quod etiamsi nobilitatum non sit, tamen honestum sit: quodque etiamsi a` nullo laudetur, naturaˆ est laudabile.

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