Ethics and Politics; Comprising His Practical Philosophy Volume 2

Ethics and Politics; Comprising His Practical Philosophy Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ...acknowledged; a truth evinced by the Deity himself, who is happy, not from any external cause, but through the inherent attributes of his divine nature. Prosperity and happiness, then, are things altogether different. Chap. 2. Chance or fortune may bestow the former, but they cannot Th"7 produce the energies of virtue, which are the essential source of M that of individuals. the latter. These energies are precisely the same, whether exercised by individuals or by communities; neither altering their inward form, nor changing their external effects. Public and' private happiness, therefore, must rest on precisely the same foundation, a conclusion justified even by universal consent; since those who place the happiness of the individual in riches, are solicitous chiefly about preserving and augmenting national wealth; and those who place the happiness of the individual in power, are solicitous chiefly about preserving or augmenting national dominion. A similar inference is drawn by the admirer of virtue: He who regards it as the supreme felicity of the individual, also considers it as the main source of national happiness. vol., 11. F r But BOOK IV. Chap. 3. The best fchemes of national happiness. The practice of most great nations (hews that they placed it in valour and con-quest. But since virtue is twofold, speculative and practical, and that men ambitious of excellence respectively dedicate themselves to the pursuit of philosophy or that of politics; it is worth while to consider which of the two kinds of life, a life of strenuous action or of peaceful contemplation, is most deserving of being imitated by states; since it is the office of wisdom to teach nations as well as individuals to prefer the best ends, and skilfully to pursue them....
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  • Paperback | 138 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123658676X
  • 9781236586766