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10. The self-devotion of the Christian martyr and the Român patriot. 41. Poets and novelists of the poor. 42. Strafford and Sir Henry Vane the Younger. 43. The idea of the beautiful, as developed in Grecian literature and art. 14. The influence of the association of ideas on our practical operations. 45. The moral and intellectual influence of the principle of emulation, on
systems of education. 46. Entertaining mysteries, novels of real life, and romantic or supernatu
ral fictions, as affording similar species of delight. 47. The Sacred and Profane poets. 48 Milton and Isaiah. 49. Johnson and St. Paul. 50. Moore and David. 51. Addison and St. John. 52. Byron and Ezekiel. 53. Hume and Moses.
SUBJECTS FOR FORENSIC DISPUTATIONS.
1. Whether the increased facilities of intercourse between Europe and the
United States be favorable to this country. 2. Whether more evil or good is to be expected from the disposition man
ifested, at the present day, to try existing institutions by first prin
ciples. 3. Whether voting by ballot should be introduced into all elective and 16
gislative proceedings. 4. Whether forms of government exert any important influer.ce on the
growth and character of national literature. 5. Whether any attempt should be made to preserve severity of manners
in a modern republic. 6. Ought Congress to pass an international copy right law. 7. Is there reason to think that the public mind will ever be more settled
than at present, about the character of Mary, Queen of Scots. 8. Whether more good than evil has resalted to the world, from the life
and religion of Mahomet. 9. Whether popular superstitions, or enlightened opinions, be most favor
able to the growth of poetical literature. 10. Whether the literature of America be injured by that of modern foreign
countries. 11. Whether a want of reverence be justly chargeable on our age and
country. 12. Whether the diversities of individual character be owing more to phys
ical, than to moral causes. 13. Whether the advancement of civil liberty be more indebted to intellect.
ual culture, than to physical suffering. 14. Whether the fine or the useful arts afford the better field for the display
of originality. 15. Whether prosperity and increase of wealth have a favorable influence
upon the manners and morals of a people. 16. Whether modern facilities of testing literary efforts by popular opinica,
be unfavorable to the production of great works. 17. Whether the choice of a representative should be restricted to the in
habitants af the town or district represented. 18. Whether the sum of human happiness on earth he greater, by a succes
sion of generations, than it would have been by one contiñued race
the number of inhabitants being the same. 19. Whether, in a public seminary, the course of study established by rule
should be the same for all. 20. Do savage nations possess a full right to the soil.
# Whether a State have a right to recede from the Union. 22 Whether, in times of political discussion, it is the duty of avery citizou
to declare his opinion, and attach himself to some party. 23 Whether there were greater facilities, in ancient times for an individual
acquiring influence, than there are now. 24. Whether the inequalities of our social condition be favorable to the
progress of knowledge. 25. Is it expedient to make colonies of convicts. 26. Is the cause of despotism strengthened by the extermination of the
Poles. 27. Whether the inequalities of genius in different countries be owing ti
moral causes. 28. Whether inflicting capital punishments publicly has any tendency to di
minish crime. 29. Whether the personal dependence, incident to a minute division of
labor in the arts and sciences, be dangerous to our free institutions. 30. Whether the influences which tend to perpetuate, be stronger than those
which tend to dissolve, the union of the United States. 31. Whether we should abstain from publishing the truth, from a fear lest
the world be not prepared to receive it. 32. Wheter the popularity Jf a literary work is to be received as an en
dence of its real merits 33. Is there any objection to a man's proposing himself for public office,
and using means to obtain it. 34. Does proselytism favor the cause of truth. 35. Whether privateering be incident to the right of war. 36. Whether a written constitution be efficacious in securing civil liberty. 37. Whether the progress of knowledge lessen the estimation of the fino
arts, 38. Whether the exclusion of foreign articles, to encourage domestic man
ufactures, be conducive to public wealth. 39. Whether the world be advancing in moral improvement. 40. Whether the progress of civilization diminish the love of martial glory 41. Whether personal interest in a subject of investigation be favorable to
the discovery of truth. 42. Whether the power of eloquence be diminished by the progress of lit
erature -and science. 43. Whether the prevalence of despotism in Asia be occasioned principally
by physical causes. 44. Whether the present circumstances of Europe furnish reason to expec.
an essential amelioration of human affairs. 45. Do facts, or fiction, contribute most to mental enjoyment. 46. Whether writers of fiction be morally responsible for unchaste and pro
fane language in their productions. 47. The policy of requiring property qualifications for office. 48. Ought capital punishments to be inflicted in time of peace 49. Does the system of modern warfare indicate any advancement in civil
ization. 50. Is the existence of two great political parties in our country desirable. 51. Has her union with England been detrimental to Ireland.
SUBJECTS FOR DELIBERATIVE, POLITICAL, CRITICAL, PHILO
SOPHICAL, AND LITERARY DISCUSSIONS, DISQUISITIONS
INQUIRIES, &c. 1. On the right of legislative bodies to provide by law for the support of
religion. (Deliberative Discussion.) 2. The character of a philosophical historian. (Philosophical Disquisition.
3. The effect of prevailing philosophical views on the style of elegant liter
ature. (Disquisition.) 4. On the alleged degeneracy of animals and vegetables in America.
(Philosophical Discussion.) 5. Whether works of imagination should be designed to produce a specific
moral effect. (Literary Discussion.) 6. The English styles that have attracted the most imitators. (Literary
Disquisition.) "Mahomet Ali." (Political Disquisition.) 8. Whether national literature is to be regarded more as a cause cr a con
sequence of national refinement. (Deliberative Discussion.) 9. Originality in literature, as affected by sound criticism. (Literary Dis
quisition, 10. The influence of superstition on science and literature. (Philosophical
Disquisition.). 11. On the materiality of light. (Philosophical Disputation.) 1?. Is the preservation of the balance of power a justifiable cause of war
(Deliberative Discussion.) 13. On the causes of the variety of complexion and figure in the human
species. (Philosophical Disputation.) 14. On the policy of encouraging manufacturing establishments in the
United States. (Deliberative Discussion.). 15. The merits of geological systems. (Disquisition.) 16. The comparative interest and importance of Grécian and Roman his.
tory. (Literary Discussion.) 17. The causes of the present pecuniary distresses of the commercial world.
(Disquission.) 18. The effects of the crusades. (Literary Inquiry.) 19. Changes in English style, since the time of Milton. (Literary Discus
sion.) M. Comparative advantages of politics and literature as professions in this
country. (Deliberative Discussion.) 21. The influence of the dramatic writers on the age of Elizabeth and
Charles the Second. (Literary Discussion.) 22. The restoration of Greece to political independence. (Deliberative Dis
cussion.) 23. The literary influence of the early English prose writers. (Literary
Disquisition.) 24. Of presenting literature and science in popular forms. (Literary Dis
cussion.) 25. Manual and intellectual labor. (Philosophical Discussion.) 26. Will the present proposed parliamentary reform endanger the monarch
ical and aristocratical portion of the British constitution. (Deliber
ative Discussion.) 27. Importance of independent criticism to the growth of national literature.
(Literary Disquisition.) 28. Causes of ill health. in literary men. (Philosophical Disquisition.), 29. The influence of superstition on science and literature. "(Philosophica.
Discussion.) 30. English biography and French memoirs. (Literary Discussion.) 31. Are political improvements best effected by rulers, or the people
(Deliberative Discussion.) 32. The influence of ancient art on ancient literature. (Literary Disquis
ition.) 33. The poet of an early age, and of a civilized one. (Literary Discussion. 34. Comparative utility of the moral and physical sciences, in the presen!
age. (Philosophical Discussion.) 35. On what does tho security of our institutions depend ? (Political Dis
36. The expediency of intervention by one nation in the civil and publio
contests of others. (Deliberative Discussion.) 37. The evils and benefits of large books. (Literary Discussion.) 38. Skepticism and love of trath, as indications of mental character and
vigor. (Philosophical Discussion.) 39. Tendency of free institutions to bring first principles into question.
(Deliberative Discussion.) 49. The influence of Lord Bacon's writings on the progress of knowledge
(Philosophical Discussion.) 41. An author's writing many books, or resting his fame on a few. (Liter
ary Discussion.) 42. Universal suffrage. (Political Disquisition.) 43. The resources and encouragements of elegant literature in the Old and
New World. (Literary Discussion.) 44. The comparative power of moral and physical causes in forming the
American charaoter. (Philosophical Discussion.) 45. Are short terms of political office desirable ? (Deliberative Discussion.) 46. Modern imitation of the ancient Greek tragedy. (Literary Disquisition.) 47. The real or supposed decline of science, at the present day. (Philos
ophical Disquisition.) 48. English novels in the reigns of George the Second and George the
Third. (Literary Discussion.). 49. The expediency of making authorship a profession. (Philosophicas
Discussion.) 50. Whether patriotism was inculcated to excesss in the ancient republics
(Deliberative Discussion.) 51. The life and services of Linnæus. (Philosophical Disquisition.) 52. The observance of poetical justice in fictitious writings. (Literary Dis
quisition.) 53. Greek and Roman comeules. (Critical Disquisition.) 54. Education as aiming to develope all the faculties equally, or to foster
individual peculiarities of taste and intellect. (Philosophical Discus
sion.) 55. Utility of chemical knowledge to professional men. (Philosophical
Disquisition.) 56, The expediency of religious establishments under any form of civil
goverment. (Deliberative Discussion.) 57. On the practicability of reaching the North Pole, and the advantages
which would attend such an expedition. (Philosophical Disputation.) 53. Should the right of suffrage in any case depend upon different prin
ciples, as it respects different classes or individuals in the same
country. Deliberative Discussion.) 59. On the probawility of prolonging the term of human life, by the aid of
physical or unoral causes. (Philosophical Discussion.) 60. Upon the Huttonian and Wernerian theories of the earth. (Philosoph
‘ical Disputation.) 61. On the use of heathen mythology in modern poetry. (Literary Discus
sion.) 62. On the tendency of a legal provision for the support of the poor, te
diminish human misery. (Deliberative Discussion.) 63. The moral tendency of the natural sciences. (Philosophical Discus
sion.) 64. The merits of the histories of Hume and Lingard. (Literary Discus
sion.) 65. Liberal principles, as affecting the strength of a government. (Delib.
erative Discussion.). 66. Political patronage in Republics. (Political Disquisitions.) 67. The poet of an early, and of a civilized age, (Literary Discussion; see
B. Are mental resources and moral energy most developed in unprincipled
men? (Philosophical Discussion.) 59. Whether heat have an independent existence. (Philosophical Dispa
tations.) 70. On the probable disposition and mutual relation of the fixed stars. 71. On the alleged improvement in the art of composition since the age of
Queen Anne. 72. On the expediency of a national university. (Deliberative Discussion.) 73. Whether the climate of any country have undergone any permanent
change. (Philosophical Disputation.) 74. Whether extensiveness of territory be favorable to the preservation or
a republican form of government. 75. What reasons are there for not expecting another great epic poem
(Literary Inquiry.) 76. The probability of the study of the dead languages always being essen
tial to a liberal education. 77. Why are men pleased with irritation, and disgusted with mimicry? 78. What grounds are there distinct from revelation, to believe in the im
mortality of the soul ? 79. On the comparative utility of the moral and physical sciences, in the
United States. 30. The views entertained of the duties and objects of public offices by the
incumbents. 81. The use of a diversity of languages. 82. The amount and character of crime in an age of barbarism, and an age
of laws. 83. An inquiry into the cause of the growth of the power of ancient Rome.
The favoring circumstances, - character of the people, - local situa
tion, - early institutions of the republic, - condition of other states. 84. The use of ballads and popular songs in a rude and in a civilized age. 85. The assistance derived from friends, party, and wealth, in a democracy ;
and from ancestry, court favor, and title, in a despotism. 86. The favorite of nature, and the creature of art. 87. The connexion of religious celebrations with public festivities, as seen
both in Pagan and Christian countries. 88. Comparison of Horace's reasons for abandoning irreligion, (See Book 1st,
Ode 28th, Parcus Dancam,) with those that might affect a modern
skeptic. 89. Comparison of Hume with Sallust in the delineation of character. 90. Sketches of character, as given by the historian, with Shakspeare's (or
the dramatist's) mode of acquainting us with men. 91. Spoken and written language, as deceptive or inefficient modes of com
munication. (Note. We are often disappointed in reading, what we
much admired in hearing ! 02. The advantages and disadvantages of negative character. (Note. “De
ficiency of character is oftener taken for positive perfection; want of ardor is exalted into self-command and superior prudence. The cola and indifferent never offend by zealous interference, and never get
into difficulties.") & The causes which have checked progress, or improvement in moral and
physical science, or in arts and government. 44. The triumphs of the soldier and the philosopher, as of Alexander and
Aristotle, Bonaparte and Cuvier. 95. Elevation of rank, as affecting turpitude of character. 96. The influence of successive generations, instead of one permanent race
on human improvement. 97. The English language as it is spoken, and as it is written. 08. Of what classes of pleasure and gratification are those unfortnnate
beings susceptible, who are destitute of the senses of sight and hear ing, as well as the faculty of speech?