The United States Democratic Review Volume 8

The United States Democratic Review Volume 8

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...the distressed; men who would recoil from the thought of meanness or wrong with as much quickness as the instinct of a pure woman shrinks from the approach of contamination; men who in a contest for principles would spurn the suggestions of self-interest with an instant scorn, and who would relinquish property, comforts, rank, children, and friends, withjoyful alacrity, before they would surrender one jot of their faith, or compromise inja single point the integrity of their aims. There are now, and there have been in all ages of the world, and in every nation, men who have kept loyal to duty in the midst of the frightfulest tortures which human ingenuity whetted by malice could inflict: men who, when nailed to the stake, while around them the faggots have crackled in the flames, when the devouring jaws of wild beasts have been opened for their destruction, when their limbs, by a cruel variety of infernal mechanism, have been torn piecemeal one from the other, have preferred the serenity of rectitude to an escape from the most terrible sufferings, crowned with the plaudits of a surrounding world. They have willingly confronted death rather than lose honor, or tarnish their innocent consciousness by the indelible stains of injustice or untruth. Here is the leading and radical defect of Bentham's moral teachings. He takes no account of this deep-seated sense of right, so wide and irresistible in its influences over the volitions of human will. Utility, as the mere standard and test of morality, in some degree serviceable in general reasonings, is confounded with the feeling of moral approbation, which should be the immediate and direct incentive to all moral action. That all good acts have a beneficent tendency, that temperance, more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880412
  • 9781236880413