The orphaned son of an Anglican clergyman, David Hartley (1705 57) was originally destined for holy orders. Declining to subscribe to the Thirty-Nine Articles, he turned to medicine and science yet remained a religious believer. This, his most significant work, provides a rigorous analysis of human nature, blending philosophy, psychology and theology. First published in two volumes in 1749, Observations on Man is notable for being based on the doctrine of the association of ideas. It greatly influenced scientists, theologians, social reformers and poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who named his eldest son after Hartley, had his portrait painted while holding a copy. In Volume 1, Hartley utilises Newtonian science in his observations. He presents a theory of 'vibrations', explaining how the elements of the nerves and brain interact as a result of stimulation, creating 'associations' and emotions."
Preface; Introduction; 1. Of the general laws; 2. The application of the doctrines of vibrations; 3. A particular application of the foregoing theory; 4. The six classes of intellectual pleasures; Conclusion.
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy
Number Of Pages: 538
Published: 31st October 2013
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.68