Read online or download a free book: Outlines Of Moral Philosophy: For The Use Of Students In The University Of Edinburgh
Publisher: General Books LLC (31 Jan. 2012)
By: Dugald Stewart (Author)
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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. 1818. Excerpt: ... OUTLINES OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY. PART II. OF THE ACTIVE AND OF THE MORAL POWERS OF MAN. CHAP. II. OF THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF OUR DUTY. 245. J. He different theories which have been proposed concerning the nature and essence of Virtue, have arisen chiefly from attempts to trace all the branches of our duty to one principle of action j such as a rational SelfSelf-love, Benevolence, Justice, or a disposition to obey the will of God. 246. In order to avoid those partial views of the subject, which naturally take their rise from an undue love of system, the following inquiries proceed upon an arrangement, which has, in all ages, recommended itself to the good sense of mankind. This arrangement is founded on the different objects to which our duties relate. 1. The Deity. 2. Our Fellow-creatures. And, 3. Ourselves. Section Section I. Of the Duties which respect the Deity. 247. As our duties to God, (so far as they are discoverable by the light of nature), must be inferred from the relation in which we stand to him as the Author and the Governor of the Universe, an examination of the principles of Natural Religion forms a necessary introduction to this section. Such an examination, besides, being the reasonable consequence of those impressions which his works produce on every attentive and well-disposed mind, may be itself regarded, both as one of the duties we owe to Him, and as the expression of a moral temper sincerely devoted to truth, and alive to the sublimest emotions of gratitude and of benevolence. PRELI PRELIMINARY INQUIRY INTO THE PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL RELIGION. ARTICLE FIRST. Of the Existence of the Deity. 248. On this subject two modes of reason, ing have been employed, which are commonly distinguished by the titles of the Arguments a priori and a poste...
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