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ecessary mechanism of l
anguage and of the huma
n understanding; that t
heir lives, their manne
rs, their actions, are
only their mechanical o
perations and connectio
ns; and that all their
pretended history is on
ly the description of t
hese phenomena, formed
by the first naturalist
s who observed them, an
d misconceived by the v
ulgar who did not under
stand them, or by succe
eding generations who f
orgot them. In a word,
all the theological dog
mas on the origin of th
e world, the nature of
God, the revelation of
his laws, the manifesta
The Ruins, or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires and the Law of Nature by Volney, C. F. (Constantin François), 1757-1820