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CONNECTED ESSAYS,

&c. &c.

AND TRACTS,

BEING A SERIES OF INFERENCES,

DEDUCED CHIEFLY FROM THE PRINCIPLES OF THE MOST

CELEBRATED SCEPTICS;

CONTAINING

I. OBSERVATIONS ON THE FOUNDATION OF MORALS IN HUMAN NATURE;

II. A DIGRESSIVE ESSAY UPON SOME METAPHYSICAL PARADOXES ;
III. A TREATISE ON THE EVIDENCES OF REVELATION IN THE SCHEME

OF NATURE.

AND

AN APPENDIX OF TWO DISSERTATIONS,

CONTAINING

SOME REMARKS ON THE QUESTION OF MATERIALISM, AND THE PRESENT

ASPECT OF THAT CONTROVERSY; AND
A BRIEF REVIEW OF HUME'S NATURAL HISTORY OF RELIGION.

WITH

NOTES UPON VARIOUS INCIDENTAL SUBJECTS,

BY

HENRY O'CONNOR, Esq.,

BARRISTER AT LAW.

Ratio eorum qui acatalepsiam tenuerint, et via nostra, initiis suis quodam-
modo consentiunt, exitu immensum disjunguntur et opponuntur.-Bacon's
Aphorisms.

The same principles which at first view lead to scepticism, pursued to a
certain point, bring.men back to common sense. --BERKELEY's Dialogues.

DUBLIN:

HODGES AND SMITH,

COLLEGE-GREEN ;
WHITTAKER & CO., LONDON;
AND ADAM & CHARLES BLACK, EDINBURGH.

M.DCCC.XXXVII.

873.

Printed by R. GRAISBERRY. TO THE

REV. JAMES THOMAS O'BRIEN, D. D.,

ARCHBISHOP KING'S LECTURER IN DIVINITY,

AND EX-FELLOW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN, ETC, ETC.

It ought not to be a matter of surprise to any one that the following pages should be dedicated to you. They contain, indeed, much which I do not expect that you will approve; they assert some positions, which, perhaps, no arguments of mine may be adequate to establish fully in your opinion, and they are liable to just censure for many defects of which I am myself not unconscious, and which it may require a candid, or even a friendly eye, to overlook. But, inasmuch as the arguments, which you may not think to be sufficiently conclusive, are upon subjects whereof doubts may well be entertained,—and inasmuch as the faults, which cannot escape your observation, are rather in the style and method of these Essays, than in their moral tendency or reasoning,-above all, inasmuch as they effectually, maintain, to the best of the author's ability, the

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