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DIVISIONS OF THE SCIENCES,
ARGUMENTS OF THE SEVERAL CHAPTERS.
BOOK THE SECOND.
CHAP. I. Division of all Human Learning into History, Poesy, Philosophy; with reference to the three Intellectual Faculties, Memory, Imagination, Reason; and that the same division holds good likewise in Theology.
CHAP. II. Division of History into Natural and Civil; Ecclesiastical and Literary History being included in Civil. Division of Natural History, according to its subject, into History of Generations, Preter-generations, and Arts.
CHAP. III. Second division of Natural History, according to its use and end, into Narrative and Inductive ; and that the noblest end of Natural History is to minister and be in order to the building up of Philosophy ; which end is aimed at by the Inductive. Division of the History of Generations into the History of the Heavenly Bodies, of Meteors, of the Globe of Earth and Sea, of the Masses or Greater Colleges, and of the Species or Lesser Colleges.
CHAP. IV. Division of Civil History into Ecclesiastical, Literary, an:1 Civil (properly so called): and that Literary History is wanting. Precepts for the construction thereof.
CHAP. VI. First division of Civil History (properly so called) into Men morials, Antiquities, and Perfect History.
CHAP. VII. Division of Perfect History into Chronicles of Times, Lives of Persons, and Relations of Actions. The explanation of these.
CHAP. VIII. Division of History of Times into Universal and Particular. The advantages and disadvantages of each.
CHAP. IX. Second division of History of Times into Annals and Journals.
CHAP. X. Second division of Civil History (properly so called) into Pure and Mixed.
CHAP. XI. Division of Ecclesiastical History, into History of the Church, History according to the Prophecies, and History of Providence.
CHAP. XII. Of certain Appendices to History, which deal with the words of man, as History deals with their actions. Division of the same into Orations, Letters, and Apophthegms.
CHAP. XIII. Of the second principal branch of Learning, namely, Poesy. Division of Poesy into Narrative, Dramatic, and Parabolical. Three examples of Parabolical Poesy are propounded.
BOOK THE THIRD.
CHAP. I. Division of Science into Theology and Philosophy. Division of Philosophy into three doctrines; concerning the Deity,
concerning Nature, and concerning Man. Constitution of Primary Philosophy as the common mother of all.
CHAP. II. Of Natural Theology; and the doctrine concerning Angels and Spirits, which is an appendix of the same.
CHAP. III. Division of Natural Philosophy into Speculative and Operative. And that these two ought to be kept separate, both in the intention of the writer and in the body of the treatise.
CHAP. IV. Division of Speculative doctrine concerning nature, into Physic (special) and Metaphysic. Whereof Physic inquires of the Efficient Cause and the Material; Metaphysic of the Final Cause and the Form. Division of Physic (special) into doctrine concerning the Principles of Things, concerning the Fabric of Things, or the world; and concerning the Variety of Things. Division of the doctrine concerning the Variety of Things into doctrine concerning things concrete, and doctrine concerning things abstract. The division of the doctrine concerning things concrete is referred to the same divisions which Natural History receives. Division of the doctrine concerning things abstract, into doctrine concerning the Configuration of Matter, and the doctrine concerning motions. Two appendices of Speculative Physic: natural problems, and dogmas of the ancient philosophers. Division of Metaphysic into doctrine concerning Form, and doctrine concerning Final Causes.
CHAP. V. Division of the operative doctrine concerning Nature into Mechanic and Magic, which correspond to the divisions of the speculative doctrine : Mechanic answering to Physic, Magic to Metaphysic. Purification of the word Magic. Two appendices of the operative doctrine. Inventory of the possessions of man; and Catalogue of Polychrests, or things of general
CHAP. VI. Of the great Appendix of Natural Philosophy, both specula