Unsoundness of Mind

Unsoundness of Mind

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...fulfils to all intents the purposes of an intelligence; and since in brute life there is no accountability beyond the individual, the most perfect gratification of animal desires may be presumed as the summum bonum of their existence. Man's reason admits of no comparison with such instinct. Those desires he possesses in common with other animals rest not only within the control of his will, but are also capable of being influenced by the separate mental agencies which eventuate in its formation. Were it not so, life would present a perfect chaos of ungoverend passions, since, in addition to its natural impulses, artificial appetites become, as it were, self-engendered, the insensible results of habitual exercises. That in man this moral faculty or moral sense, endowed IX--42 with a certain authority, exists, is sufficiently evident from our individual consciousness. We admit that the positive obligations of life, as regards their prudential relation, demands the guidance of the judgment, which preargues the possession of experience. Our moral instincts are, however, the promptings of natural principles, coexistent with, though for their essential being independent of, psychical perceptions; but not the less on that account requiring, for their proper development and direction, intellectual culture. Right is a positive term which admits of no perversion. A sense of right exists, independently of those intellectual powers which guide its operation. The whole world lives under a moral government. "Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" asks our Lord. Again it is written: "The Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things written in the law." Whence, then, proceeds crime, man having as a guide his...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236493060
  • 9781236493064