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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 636 pages of information about Leviathan.

Good And Evill Apparent And because in Deliberation the Appetites and Aversions are raised by foresight of the good and evill consequences, and sequels of the action whereof we Deliberate; the good or evill effect thereof dependeth on the foresight of a long chain of consequences, of which very seldome any man is able to see to the end.  But for so far as a man seeth, if the Good in those consequences be greater than the evill, the whole chain is that which Writers call Apparent or Seeming Good.  And contrarily, when the evill exceedeth the good, the whole is Apparent or Seeming Evill:  so that he who hath by Experience, or Reason, the greatest and surest prospect of Consequences, Deliberates best himself; and is able, when he will, to give the best counsel unto others.

Felicity Continual Successe in obtaining those things which a man from time to time desireth, that is to say, continual prospering, is that men call felicity; I mean the Felicity of this life.  For there is no such thing as perpetual Tranquillity of mind, while we live here; because Life itself is but Motion, and can never be without Desire, nor without Feare, no more than without Sense.  What kind of Felicity God hath ordained to them that devoutly honour him, a man shall no sooner know, than enjoy; being joys, that now are as incomprehensible, as the word of School-men, Beatifical Vision, is unintelligible.

Praise Magnification The form of speech whereby men signifie their opinion of the Goodnesse of anything is praise.  That whereby they signifie the power and greatness of anything is magnifying.  And that whereby they signifie the opinion they have of a man’s felicity is by the Greeks called Makarismos, for which we have no name in our tongue.  And thus much is sufficient for the present purpose to have been said of the passions.

CHAPTER VII

OF THE ENDS OR RESOLUTIONS OF DISCOURSE

Of all Discourse, governed by desire of Knowledge, there is at last an End, either by attaining, or by giving over.  And in the chain of Discourse, wheresoever it be interrupted, there is an End for that time.

Judgement, or Sentence Final Doubt If the Discourse be meerly Mentall, it consisteth of thoughts that the thing will be, and will not be; or that it has been, and has not been, alternately.  So that wheresoever you break off the chayn of a mans Discourse, you leave him in a Praesumption of It Will Be, or, It Will Not Be; or it Has Been, or, Has Not Been.  All which is Opinion.  And that which is alternate Appetite, in Deliberating concerning Good and Evil, the same is alternate Opinion in the Enquiry of the truth of Past, and Future.  And as the last Appetite in Deliberation is called the Will, so the last Opinion in search of the truth of Past, and Future, is called the judgement, or Resolute and Final Sentence of him that Discourseth.  And as the whole chain of Appetites alternate, in the question of Good or Bad is called Deliberation; so the whole chain of Opinions alternate, in the question of True, or False is called doubt.

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