Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

On the Improvement of the Understanding

Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect

Cover image for

Download


Language: English
Wordcount: 15,638 / 52 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.4
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 2,554
mnybks.net#: 6562
Genre: Philosophy

Translated by Elwes.

Show Excerpt

be upon him unless a remedy be found, is compelled to seek a remedy with all his strength, inasmuch as his whole hope lies therein. (7:3) All the objects pursued by the multitude not only bring no remedy that tends to preserve our being, but even act as hindrances, causing the death not seldom of those who possess them, [b] and always of those who are possessed by them.

[8] (1) There are many examples of men who have suffered persecution even to death for the sake of their riches, and of men who in pursuit of wealth have exposed themselves to so many dangers, that they have paid away their life as a penalty for their folly. (2) Examples are no less numerous of men, who have endured the utmost wretchedness for the sake of gaining or preserving their reputation. (3) Lastly, are innumerable cases of men, who have hastened their death through over-indulgence in sensual pleasure.

[9] (1) All these evils seem to have arisen from the fact, that happiness or unhappiness is made wholly dependent on the

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Lisa Regan
Multi-award winning author, Lisa Regan, writes parts of her bestselling crime/suspense novels in a small notebook whenever she finds a spare 10 minutes, with her dog cuddled up on her lap. Today Regan gives us some insights into the creation of Claire Fletcher, what inspired her to write this book and how she decided to be a writer rather than an astronaut.
Read full interview...