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Excerpt from The Oxford English Prize Essays, Vol. 4
The attainment of truth is, or ought to be, the great object of our intellectual pursuits, which are important only as they fit us to discharge with propriety the parts we are severally called to act. But as we are very liable to be deceived, this attainment involves an investigation into the tests by which we may discriminate between truth and error, and learn to recognise the one while we reject the other: in other words, it involves an inquiry into the nature of evidence in general, and the peculiarities which distinguish the different forms of proof which the human mind is capable of receiving.
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