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Hints towards the formation of a more comprehensive theory of life.

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Published: 1848
Language: English
Wordcount: 26,842 / 88 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 22.8
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 1,403
Added to site: 2008.01.18
mnybks.net#: 19763
Genre: Philosophy
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useum furnished by his labours, and pass slowly, with meditative observation, through this august temple, which the genius of one great man has raised and dedicated to the wisdom and uniform working of the Creator, we perceive at every step the guidance, we had almost said, the inspiration, of those profound ideas concerning Life, which dawn upon us, indeed, through his written works, but which he has here presented to us in a more perfect language than that of words--the language of God himself, as uttered by Nature.

That the true idea of Life existed in the mind of John Hunter I do not entertain the least doubt; but it may, perhaps, be doubted whether his incessant occupation, and his stupendous industry in the service, both of his contemporaries and of posterity, added to his comparatively slight acquaintance with the arts and aids of logical arrangement, permitted him fully to unfold and arrange it in distinct, clear, and communicable conceptions. Assuredly, however, I may, without incurring the ch

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