Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury,
Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, vol. 3 
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Table of Contents:
Chap. 1.CHAPTER I: Of the Nature, Rise, and Establishment of Miscellanys.——The Subject of these which follow.——Intention of the Writer.
Chap. 2.CHAPTER II: Of Controversial Writings: Answers: Replies.—Polemick Divinity; or the Writing Church-Militant.—Philosophers, and Bear-Garden.—Authors pair’d and match’d.—The Match-makers.—Foot-Ball.—A Dialogue between our Author and his Bookseller.
Chap. 3.CHAPTER III: Of the Letter concerning Enthusiasm.—Foreign Criticks.—Of Letters in general; and of the Epistolary Style.—Addresses to great Men.—Authors and Horsemanship.—The modern Amble.—Further Explanation of the Miscellaneous Manner.
Chap. 1.CHAPTER I: Review of Enthusiasm.—Its Defense, Praise:—Use in Business as well as Pleasure:—Operation by Fear, Love.—Modifications of Enthusiasm: Magnanimity; Heroick Virtue; Honour; Publick Zeal; Religion; Superstition; Persecution; Martyrdom.—Energy of the extatick Devotion in the Tender Sex.—Account of antient Priesthood.—Religious War.—Reference to a succeeding Chapter.
Chap. 2.CHAPTER II: Judgment of Divines and grave Authors concerning Enthusiasm.—Reflections upon Scepticism.—A Sceptick-Christian.—Judgment of the Inspir’d concerning their own Inspirations.—Knowledg and Belief.—History of Religion resum’d.—Zeal Offensive and Defensive.—A Church in Danger.—Persecution.—Policy of the Church of Rome.
Chap. 3.CHAPTER III: Of the Force of Humour in Religion.—Support of our Author’s Argument in his Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Raillery.—Zeal discuss’d. Spiritual Surgeons: Executioners: Carvers.—Original of human Sacrifice.—Exhilaration of Religion.—Various Aspects, from outward Causes.
Chap. 1.CHAPTER I: Further Remarks on the Author of the Treatises.—His Order and Design.—His Remarks on the Succession of Wit, and Progress of Letters, and Philosophy.—Of Words, Relations, Affections.—Country-Men and Country.—Old England.—Patriots of the Soil.—Virtuosi, and Philosophers.—A Taste.
Chap. 2.CHAPTER II: Explanation of a Taste continu’d.—Ridiculers of it.—Their Wit, and Sincerity.—Application of the Taste to Affairs of Government and Politicks.—Imaginary Characters in the State.—Young Nobility, and Gentry.—Pursuit of Beauty.—Preparation for Philosophy.
Chap. 1.CHAPTER I: Connexion and Union of the Subject-Treatises.—Philosophy in form.—Metaphysicks.—Ego-ity. Identity.—Moral Footing.—Proof and Discipline of the Fancys. Settlement of Opinion.—Anatomy of the Mind.—A Fable.
Chap. 2.CHAPTER II: Passage from Terra Incognita to the visible World.—Mistress-ship of Nature.—Animal-Confederacy, Degrees, Subordination.—Master-Animal Man. Privilege of his Birth.—Serious Countenance of the Author.
Chap. 1.CHAPTER I: Ceremonial adjusted, between Author and Reader.—Affectation of Precedency in the former.—Various Claim to Inspiration.—Bards; Prophets: Sibylline Scripture.—Written Oracles; in Verse and Prose.—Common Interest of antient Letters, and Christianity.—State of Wit, Elegance, and Correctness.—Poetick Truth.—Preparation for Criticism on our Author, in his concluding Treatise.
Chap. 2.CHAPTER II: Generation and Succession of our national and modern Wit.—Manners of the Proprietors.—Corporation and Joint-Stock—Statute against Criticism. A Coffee-House Committee.—Mr. Bays.—Other Bays’s in Divinity.—Censure of our Author’s Dialogue-Piece; and of the Manner of Dialogue-Writing, us’d by Reverend Wits.
Chap. 3.CHAPTER III: Of Extent or Latitude of Thought.—Free-Thinkers.—Their Cause, and Character.—Dishonesty, a Half-Thought.—Short-Thinking, Cause of Vice and Bigotry.—Agreement of Slavery and Superstition.—Liberty, civil, moral, spiritual.—Free-thinking Divines.—Representatives incognito.—Embassadors from the Moon.—Effectual Determination of Christian Controversy and Religious Belief.
THE Judgment of Hercules
Chap. 1.CHAPTER I: Of the general Constitution or Ordonnance of the Tablature
Chap. 2.CHAPTER II: Of the First or Principal Figure
Chap. 3.CHAPTER III: Of the Second Figure
Chap. 4.CHAPTER IV: Of the Third Figure
Chap. 5.CHAPTER V: Of the Ornaments of the Piece; and chiefly of the Drapery, and Perspective
Chap. 6.CHAPTER VI: Of the Casual or Independent Ornaments
A LETTER CONCERNING THE ART, or SCIENCE of DESIGN,
Written from ITALY, On the occasion of the Judgment of Hercules, TO My Lord * * * *
A LETTER CONCERNING DESIGN