Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes

Chapter ix

Of the Several Subjects of Knowledge

THERE are of are of knowledge two kinds, whereof one is knowledge of fact; the other, knowledge of the consequence of one affirmation to another. The former is nothing else but sense and memory, and is absolute knowledge; as when we see a fact doing, or remember it done; and this is the knowledge required in a witness. The latter is called science, and is conditional; as when we know that: if the figure shown be a circle, then any straight line through the center shall divide it into two equal parts. And this is the knowledge required in a philosopher; that is to say, of him that pretends to reasoning.

The register of knowledge of fact is called history, whereof there be two sorts: one called natural history; which is the history of such facts, or effects of Nature, as have no dependence on man's will; such as are the histories of metals, plants, animals, regions, and the like. The other is civil history, which is the history of the voluntary actions of men in Commonwealths.

The registers of science are such books as contain the demonstrations of consequences of one affirmation to another; and are commonly called books of philosophy; whereof the sorts are many, according to the diversity of the matter; and may be divided in such manner as I have divided them in the following table.

SCIENCE, that is, knowledge of consequences; which is called also PHILOSOPHY Consequences from accidents of bodies natural; which is called NATURAL PHILOSOPHY Consequences from accidents common to all bodies natural; which are quantity, and motion. Consequences from quantity, and motion indeterminate; which, being the principles or first foundation of philosophy, is called Philosophia Prima PHILOSOPHIA PRIMA
Consequences from motion, and quantity determined Consequences from quantity, and motion determined By figure,
By number
Consequences from motion, and quantity of bodies in special Consequences from motion, and quantity of the great parts of the world, as the earth and stars, Cosmography ASTRONOMY, GEOGRAPHY
Consequences from motion of special kinds, and figures of body, Mechanics, doctrine of weight Science of ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTURE, NAVIGATION
PHYSICS, or consequences from qualities Consequences from qualities of bodies transient, such as sometimes appear, sometimes vanish METEOROLOGY
Consequences from qualities of bodies permanent Consequences from qualities of stars Consequences from the light of the stars. Out of this, and the motion of the sun, is made the science of SCIOGRAPHY
Consequences from the influence of the stars ASTROLOGY
Consequences of qualities from liquid bodies that fill the space between the stars; such as are the air, or substance etherial
Consequences from qualities of bodies terrestrial Consequences from parts of the earth that are without sense, Consequences from qualities of minerals, as stones, metals, etc.
Consequences from the qualities of vegetables
Consequences from qualities of animals Consequences from qualities of animals in general Consequences from vision OPTICS
Consequences from sounds MUSIC
Consequences from the rest of the senses
Consequences from qualities of men in special Consequences from passions of men ETHICS
Consequences from speech, In magnifying, vilifying, etc. POETRY
In persuading RHETORIC
In reasoning LOGIC
In contracting The Science of JUST and UNJUST
Consequences from accidents of politic bodies; which is called POLITICS, AND CIVIL PHILOSOPHY Of consequences from the institution of COMMONWEALTHS, to the rights, and duties of the body politic, or sovereign
Of consequences from the same, to the duty and right of the subjects


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