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Isaac Watts on Books and How to Learn From Them

Previously Subtitles are mine. It does matter what you read The world is full of books, but there are multitudes which, are so ill written that they were never worth any man’s reading; and there are thousands more which may be good in their kind, yet are worth nothing when the month or year, or occasion […]

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Isaac Watts on notebooking

Previously Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, was writer of hymns, clergyman, theologian, logician, philospher, author of over 600 hymns and a popular textbook on logic. He wrote the book from which these excerpts have been taken as a supplement to his logic textbook. The book from whence I have taken this series of excerpts is formidably titled, […]

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Isaac Watts on Improving the Mind Via Lectures

from Improvement of the mind, by Isaac Watts, D.D. Ed. by Stephen Previously, we read Isaac Watts’ discourse on improving the mind by reading.  Here he explains how listening to oral teaching may improve the mind: III. The advantage of verbal instructions by public or private lectures are these: 1. There is something more sprightly, more delightful and […]

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Isaac Watts: On Improving the Mind by Reading

Previously II. The next way of improving the mind is by reading, and the advantages of it are such as these : 1. By reading we acquaint ourselves, in a very extensive manner, with the affairs, actions, and thoughts of the living and the dead, in the most remote nations, and most distant ages, and that […]

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Isaac Watts on the Benefits of Observation

Previously From Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind He’s spoken of the five ways of improving the mind, each with its own advantages and defects. Then he goes through each one individually, explaining in greater detail. First, he takes observation: “Let us trace over some of the particular advantages of each. I. One method of […]

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