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E S S AY
Written by Himself.
Of the NATURE and STAT E of MAN, with
respect to the UNIVERSE. O , of
F Man in the Abstract. We can judge only Relations of Systems and Things, VERSE 17, : &C Man is not therefore to be deem'd Imperfect, but a Being fuited to his Place and Rank in the Creation, agreeable to the General Order of Things, and conformable to Ends and Relations to him unknown, 35, &c. It is partly upon this Ignorance of future Events, and partly upon the Hope of a Future State, that all his Happiness in the Present depends, 73, &c. His Pride, in aiming at more Knowledge, and pretending to more Perfection, the Cause of Error and Misery, 120. The Impiety of putting himself in the Place of God, and judging of the Fitness, or Unfitnefs, Perfection, or Imperfection, Justice, or Injustice of His Difpenfations, 109. The Abfurdity of conceiting himself the Final Cause of the Creation, or expecting that Parfection in the Moral World which is not in the Natural, 127 to 164. The Unreasonableness of his Complaints against Providence, while on the one Hand he demands the Perfections of the Angels, on the other, the bodily Qualifications of the Brutes, 165. That the Gift of Reafon alone countervails all the latter, B