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(TO THE SECOND VOLUME OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF
THE HUMAN MIND)
AFTER an interval of more than twenty years, I venture to
I present to the public a Second Volume on the Philosophy of the Human Mind.
When the preceding Part was sent to the press, I expected that a few short chapters would comprehend all that I had further to offer concerning the Intellectual Powers; and that I should be able to employ the greater part of this volume in examining those principles of our constitution, which are immediately connected with the Theory of Morals.* On proceeding, however, to attempt an analysis of Reason, in the more strict acceptation of that term, I found so many doubts crowding on me with respect to the logical doctrines then generally received, that I was forced to abandon the comparatively limited plan according to which I had originally intended to treat of the Understanding, and, in the meantime, to suspend the continuation of my work, till a more unbroken leisure should allow me to resume it with a less divided attention.
* See vols. vi., vii.- Ed.