Excerpt from The Princeton Review, Vol. 12: July, 1840
One of the principles of action embraced in an ade quate notion of man's nature, is conscience or reﬂection; which, compared with the rest as they all stand together in the nature of man, plainly bears upon it marks of authority over all the rest, and claims the absolute direction over them all, to allow or forbid their gratification; a disapprobation of reﬂection being in itself a principle manifestly superior to a mere propension. And the conclusion is, that to allow no more to this superior principle or part of our nature, than to other parts; to let it govern and guide only occasionally in common with the rest; as its turn happens to come from the temper and circumstances one happens to be in; thisis not to act conformably to the constitution of man; neither can any human creature be said to act conformably to his consti tution of nature, unless he allows to that superior principle the absolute authority which is due to it. And this conclu sion is abundantly confirmed from hence, that one may de termine what course of action the economy of man's nature requires, without so much as knowing in what degree of strength the several principles prevail, or which of them have actually the greatest influence.
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