Disquisitions Relating to Matter and Spirit. to Which Is Added the History of the Philosophical Doctrine Concerning the Origin of the Soul, and the Nature of Matter Etc. 2. Ed. Impr. and Enlarged Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1782 edition. Excerpt: ...crvil, but asanecessary and useful part of a perfect whole. AUTHOR OF SIN, and of the Ohjectzbn to the Doctrine of Necessity, on that Account. v HEN it is confidered, that the distinction between things natural and 'noral intirely 'ceases on the scheme of neceflity, the vices of men come under the class of common evils, producing misery for a time; but, like all other evils, in the same great system, 'are ultirnately subservient to greater good. In this light, therefore, every thing, without distinction, may be safely ascribed to-God. Whatever terminates in good, philosophically speaking, is good. But thisis a-view of moral "evil, Which, though innocent, and even useful.i.n' speculation, no wise man' can, or would choose to act upon himself, because our understandin-gs 'are too limited for 'the application of such a nxeans of good 5 though a i. being i being of infinite knowledge may introduce it with the greatest advantage. Vice is productive not of good, but of. evil to us, both here and hereafter, and probably during the whole of our existence; though good may result from it to the whole system, While our natures, therefore, are what they are, and what association has necessarily made them, andss so long as we see every thing in its true light, we must shun Vice as any other evil, and indeed the greatest of all evils, and choose virtue as the greatest good. Nay, we shall eultivate good dispofitions with more care and attention, fince, according to the fixed laws of nature, our present and future happiness ne-. cessarily depends. upon it. And as to the good qftbc 'who/e universe, or of all mankind, it can be no object, except to a mind capable of comprehending it. Whether we be virtuous or vicious, and consequently happy ' vem our...
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