Excerpt from The Natural History of Man: And the Rise and Progress of Philosophy It may appear strange that so long a time (about fifty years) has passed since the first appearance of the lectures comprised in this volume, and that a second edition should only w be brought out. It may be explained in part that the first edition was published by subscription of those who heard the lectures delivered, and so the volumes passed into private libraries and were t put into circulation through booksellers; the present publication is called for by former pupils and devoted admirers of Mr. Kinmont, who desire to preserve this monument of his genius which he himself created. The rapid movements of the world in all departments of thought, the changes of opinion and sentiment in doctrinal theology and in philosophy, have t distanced r superseded the ideas herein presented; they belong to the present generation as much as to the past. Founded upon experience and observation of the facts of history, they were illumined by principles and truths which flowed from his inner consciousness, and in themselves are eternal. The lectures were prefaced by an extempore exordium of nearly an hour, which seemed to be the resume of all the thoughts which flowed into his mind during the preparation of the lectures, of which the written lecture was hut the condensation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.