Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679). Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.
Chapter IXOf the Several Subjects of Knowledge
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 (pp. 360–361).