Index for Chapter X
Of the Abuse of Words
- 1. Woeful abuse of words.
- 2. Words are often employed without any, or without clear ideas.
- 3. II.
- 4. This occasioned by men learning names before they have the
ideas the names belong to.
- 5. Unsteady application of them.
- 6. III.
- 7. Logic and dispute have much contributed to this.
- 8. Calling it "subtlety
- 9. This learning very little benefits society.
- 10. But destroys the instruments of knowledge and communication.
- 11. As useful as to confound the sounds that the letters of the
alphabet stand for.
- 12. This art has perplexed religion and justice.
- 14. IV.
- 15. Instance, in matter.
- 16. This makes errors lasting.
- 17. V.
- 18. V
- 19. Hence we think change of our complex ideas of substances not
to change their species.
- 20. The cause of this abuse, a supposition of nature's working
always regularly, in setting boundaries to species.
- 21. This abuse contains two false suppositions.
- 22. VI.
- 23. The ends of language:
- 24. To do it with quickness.
- 25. Therewith to convey the knowledge of things.
- 26. How men's words fail in all these:
- 27. When complex ideas are without names annexed to them.
- 28. When the same sign is not put for the same idea.
- 29. When words are diverted from their common use.
- 30. When they are names of fantastical imaginations.
- 31. Summary.
- 32. How men's words fail when they stand for substances.
- 33. How when they stand for modes and relations.
- 34. Seventhly, language is often abused by figurative speech.
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