Talk:A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Human Liberty (1735)

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Edition: A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Human Liberty (3rd ed., 1735)
Source: See transcriber’s note (below).
Level of progress: 75%
Notes: See transcriber’s note (below).

A note from the first Wikisource transcriber of this work published here[1][edit]

This transcription of Anthony Collins’s book is an attempt to perfectly copy the text from the scan maintained at the Internet Archive (quod vide).


The original spelling (e.g. tho’ rather than though) and punctuation (e.g. : rather than ; ubi licet) were retained; per Wikisource, the {{SIC}} template (markup) was used sparingly, only to indicate typos in the original.

Departing from the original, five deviations in formatting were made, for the sake of clarity and function:

  1. Words split at the end of lines and pages were connected.
  2. Numbered references were made from the original citations, which were mostly entirely in the left and right margins of the pages.
  3. Some headings were made, from the text in page margins of the book—a technique seen in the 1890 edition, published by G. W. Foote.
  4. These headings were modified or constructed entirely from the book’s original Contents:
    1. “I. General Reflections on the argument of Experience.” →‎ Numeral “I” is from the book’s TOC
    2. “II. Our experience itself considered.” →‎ Numeral “II” is from the book’s TOC
    3. “‎III. The Actions of men and inferior intelligent agents are compared.” → Constructed from the book’s TOC
  5. The three lengthy quotations in the original are presented as blockquotes here, with quotation marks.

The remaining text, beginning with the Preface, is from the 1735 book, by Anthony Collins.

Michael Pittman, May, 2020

  1. This explanatory section has been added, and is not part of the original book—MichaelPittman