A Philosophical Treatise on the Nature and Constitution of Man Volume 2

A Philosophical Treatise on the Nature and Constitution of Man Volume 2

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...and guided by, purely selfish motives; seldom, if ever, committing injury or immorality of any kind, merely for the sake of doing so. As regards their dispositions of benevolence or malevolence, it appears that among savage Cople, although they will do all in their power to preserve, or nefit a child, a relative, or a friend; yet they regard with unconcern, and without any efforts to save him, the destruction of a stranger.4 Savages, like animals, who are guided by instinct only, seem to be utterly indifferent about the welfare of their fellow-creatures individually; although they are ever ready to aid each other mutually, when united in bands for general defence. Nevertheless, they appear to have no private sympathy in each other's misfortunes. This must be in part, at least, owing to a deficiency in power of reasoning, which, if duly exercised, would teach them that they themselves are liable to the ills which affect their companions; and that it is their mutual interest to do all they can to provide against such calamities. Men, we find, are oftentimes, in a civilized state, generous and kind, from a desire to obtain applause and influence by this means, rather than from pure benevolence towards their fellow-creatures. In whatever situation men may be placed, there are, however, certain emotions, and feelings, and dispositions, and desires, and principles, by which they will be ever more or less characterized or influenced, although some may be more directly affected by them than are others. Thus, all persons, whatever be their station in life, are alike liable to be affected by covetousness. Those in power, whatever principles or feelings they may possess, will be more or less disposed to exercise tyranny aiid oppression. And those of...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236668650
  • 9781236668653