The Philosophy of Law; A Course of Lectures Delivered to the Juridical Society, Edinburgh, in November, 1871

The Philosophy of Law; A Course of Lectures Delivered to the Juridical Society, Edinburgh, in November, 1871

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... now once for all arrived at Property; and Property, Contract, and Penalty, shall be the themes of our tworemaining lectures. in. Gentlemen: --In our last lecture, we saw the realization of free-will into a person on the one hand, and property on the other. Free-will itself was the terminal result into which all that held of theory had collapsed--a result which, simply as that and no more, was necessarily undeveloped. But this undevelopedness gives free will, as we so have it, a character of singleness and oneness; or this undevelopedness and firstness, so to speak, give it a character of abstractness; for that is abstract--as sweetness, whiteness--that is in isolated selfidentity only. And we can see that if whiteness is abstract in consequence of its isolatedness to self, for the same reason the broken-off hand of a watch, or a separated main spring, is also abstract. In short, any one member of a concrete is, being isolated, abstract: so any one moment of the notion, or of a notion--the universal, the particular, or the singular--being isolated, is abstract. Free-will then, as it first emerges, has, being undeveloped, this character of singleness, oneness, and abstractness. But a will, a free-will, single, one, and abstract--that is a person. This personality now must realize itself; for if overtly, explicitly abstract, it is also latently, implicitly concrete, and that for no other reason than that it is will--thinking will. But realization takes place always through something else or other; now, to such an abstract inner, what can be other but a similarly abstract outer? and that is an external thing, property. These considerations are hard, for they are wholly peculiar and wholly new--in this peculiarity and strangeness they may more

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  • English
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