Lectures on the Philosophy of the Human Mind Volume N . 2

Lectures on the Philosophy of the Human Mind Volume N . 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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...all hypocrites--that we know the game of human life, and play our parts in it accordingly. In such circumstances, we may indeed assume the appearance of virtue ourselves, but how is it, that we feel approbation of others assuming the same disguise, when we are aware of its nature, and know virtue in all the actions which go under that well sounding name, to be only a more or less skilful attempt at imposition? The mob, in the gallery, may indeed, wonder at all the transmutations in the pantomime; and the silliest among them may believe that Harlequin has turned the clown into a fruit-stand, and himself into a fruit-woman: but however wide the wonder, or the belief may be, he who invented these very changes, or is merely one of the subordinate shifters of the scenery, cannot surely be a partaker of the illusion. What juggler ever deceived his own eyes? Katerfelto, indeed, is described by Cowper, as, "with his hair on end, at his own wonders wondering." But Katerfelto himself, who " wondered for his bread," could not feel much astonishment, even when he was fairly giving the greatest astonishment to others. It must be the same with the moral juggler. He knows the cheat; and he cannot feel admiration. If he can truly feel esteem, he feels that love of virtue, and consequently that distinction of actions, as virtuous or worthy of moral approbation, which Mandeville denies. He may be a dupe, indeed, in the particular case, but he cannot even be a dupe, without believing, that virtue is something nobler than a fraud; and if he believe virtue to be more noble, he must have feelings nobler than any which the system of Mandeville allows. In be lieving that it is possible for man not to be a hypocrite, he may be considered almost as...show more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236553837
  • 9781236553836