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THE

THEORY OF REASONING.

Works on Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy,

by the same Author.

ESSAYS ON THE FORMATION AND PUBLICATION OF

OPINIONS, and on other Subjects. Third edition, 8vo. ESSAYS ON THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND ON THE

PROGRESS OF KNOWLEDGE. Second edition, 8vo. A REVIEW OF BERKELEY'S THEORY OF VISION, designed

to show the Unsoundness of that celebrated Speculation. 8vo. A LETTER TO A PHILOSOPHER, in reply to some recent Attempts

to vindicate Berkeley's Theory of Vision. (Pamphlet.)

LONDON :
SPOTTISWOODES and SHAW,

New-street-Square.

THE

THEORY

OF

REASONING.

BY

SAMUEL BAILEY.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

1851.

264.6.17.

PREFACE.

The following Treatise aims at giving a connected and consistent view of the subject which it undertakes to explain, and of the relation in which the several parts of it stand to each other. Perhaps it will not be considered as departing from the proper self-restraint which leaves the question of originality to be decided by others, if the Author ventures to say that this connected view differs as a whole, and of course in some of its details, from any theory hitherto promulgated. Saying this is, indeed, putting forth no claim except to the attention of the reader, inasmuch as there can be no merit in any difference from former writers, unless that difference is founded in truth.

The Author designed at first to make the Treatise almost wholly expository; but the number of unsettled questions on which he had to touch, forced

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