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CONTENTS.

Pagę

ix

Dedication
Preface

XV

CHAP. I.
On the General Nature of the Pursuit ; and its Effects

on Individuals, and to Society at large...

1

CHAP. II.

A mere Acquaintance with the proper Technical Terms,

and a Knowledge of Scientific Arrangement, not the true and most important Objects of this Study. A milder and more noble View of the Subject. Of the Elements

17

CHAP. III.
The Animal Kingdom capable of exciting the most In-

terest. On the Nature of Animals. Objections to
Buffon's System. A Definition of the Mental Fa-
culties

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CHAP. IV.

Illustrations to prove the Truth of what has been ad

vanced in the preceding Chapter, in respect to the Mental Capacities of what are termed the Inferior Animals..

60

CHAP. V.

Some important Reflexions, arising from a Considera

tion of the Nature of Animals. On the State of Man. His Free Agency. Predestination. The Doctrines of Chance. Atheism....

88

CHAP. VI.

On the Extent of Man's Dominion over animated Na.

ture, and of the Caution he ought to observe against abusing his Power. On the Sense of Pain in inferior Animals

107

CHAP. VII.

Man considered as the Vicegerent of God upon Earth.

Some of his Duties connected with u Knowledge of the Nature of Animals. How far Inferior Creatures have been created for the Use of Man. On the Relations which Animals bear to each other, and the Checks which restrain their Numbers within due Limits.

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CHAP. VIII.

On the Utility of different Animals in the Creation.

Locusts. Mosquitoes. Ostrich. Hints to explain the Principle of Action in those Animals, which, having no Responsibility, can have no blame · 147

CHAP. IX.

Further Observations on the Utility of Animals ; illus

trated by more familiar and obvious Instances. Of the Swallow. Common Earth-worms, Viper, and Toad. The smallest and weakest of Animals are of infinite Importance

174

CHAP. X.

A few Remarks on the Abstract Principle of Pleasure

and Pain, as it Affects or Governs some part of the Animal World .

198

CHAP. XI.

Of the Change of Matter that is continually taking

place throughout the Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral Kingdoms

215

CHAP. XII.

Conclusion, and Recapitulation. •

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