An Ethical Treatise on the Passions; Founded on the Principles Investigated in a Philosophical Treatise

An Ethical Treatise on the Passions; Founded on the Principles Investigated in a Philosophical Treatise

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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. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ... to moral conduct in particular? We shall in the next place, take a comparative view of the various inducements, admitted to be legitimate motives to the practice of virtue, and examine which of these is most promising of efficacy; most correspondent with the nature, desires and expectations of men; the best security against the seductions of vice; and most conducive to personal well-being; in the discharge of those duties which have the general welfare for their object? The admitted inducements or legitimate motives to action, possess the following characters: 'They are such as are most consistent with the best interests of the agent. Such as are becoming a rational being. Such as are adapted to the social nature of man. Such as are most interesting to a cultivated mind. Such as are enjoined by a superior who has a claim to obedience, and whose injunctions can not, or ought not to be resisted; t. SELF-IKTERfeST. The desire of well-being is natural to every being that exists. To seek personal good, and a void misery therefore, will be universally admitted to be a proper motive of action. We never reprehend the utmost efforts of well directed self-love. We never censure until the claims of others are invaded, or there is an indication of cold neglect respecting them. In such cases we feel a satisfaction at the disappointment of the Vol. m. h selfish. We advert with pleasure to that constitution in our nature, by which it is ordained that inordinate self-love shall defeat its own purpose; and that the man who sacrifices the social affections to private interest, must be a stranger to true happiness. But whoever should totally neglect an attention to his own welfare, would be considered as in a disordered state of mind, and excite our pity, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236985338
  • 9781236985330