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The Improvement of Human Reason

Exhibited in the Life of Hai Ebn Yokdhan

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Author: Ibn Tufail
Published: 1708
Language: English
Wordcount: 46,859 / 140 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.8
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 706
Added to site: 2005.10.09 11080
Genre: Biography

Translated by Simon Ockley

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e notions which he had before; and that Colours were such as he had before conceiv'd them to be, by those descriptions he had receiv'd: so that the difference between his apprehensions when blind, and those which he would have now his Eyes were opened, would consist only in these two great Things, one of which is a consequent of the other, _viz._, a greater Clearness, and extream Delight. From whence 'tis plain, that the condition of those Contemplators, who have not yet attain'd to the UNION [with GOD] is exactly like that of the Blind Man; and the Notion which a Blind Man has of Colours, by their description, answers to those things which Avenpace said were _of too noble a nature to be any ways attributed, to the Natural Life,_ and, which God bestows upon such his Servants as he pleases. But the condition of those who have attain'd to the UNION, to whom God has given that which I told you could not be properly express'd by the word POWER, is that second State of



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