Beschouwing van den staat en de vermoogens van den mensch, vergeleeken met die van de dierlyke waereld.
Naar den zesden druk uit het Engelsch vertaald door Anna Elisabet Buma. Leeuwarden : by Abelus Siccama, 1781. Modern halfcloth binding. ,321, pp. 8vo. Rare.
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First, and only Dutch translation of the 6th edition of : A comparative view of the state and faculties of man with that of the animal world by John Gregory (1724-1773). Working at the University of Aberdeen, he also became an active member of Aberdeen Philosophical Society which he had co-founded with 5 others including Prof Robert Trail. The paper he presented there were later collected and published anonymously in A Comparative View of the State and Faculties of Man, with those of the Animal World (1765). Gregory believed in a universal human nature that could be discovered through scientific experiment. The most important elements of human nature, as he saw it, were reason and instinct. He wrote that "the task of improving our nature, of improving man's estate, involves the proper development and exercise of the social principle and the other principle of instinct, with reason subordinate to instinct and serving as a corrective on it". Studying the natural world leads to a cultivation of good taste and religious understanding for Gregory. The Dutch translation is by the Dutch (Frisian) writer and poetess Anna Elisabeth Buma (1750-1825), who was also a very learned woman. STCN 314896597. 4 copies listed in Worldcat.
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