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Essays on the principles of morality and natural religion : several essays added concerning the proof of a deity

Author: Henry Home Kames, Lord; Mary Catherine Moran
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Liberty Fund, 2005.
Series: Natural law and enlightenment classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 3rd ed., corrected and improvedView all editions and formats
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"Henry Home (1696-1782) has been called "perhaps the most complete 'Enlightenment man' among the eighteenth-century Scottish thinkers." Kinsman and friend of David Hume, mentor and patron of Adam Smith, John Millar, and Thomas Reid, he was a key figure in that circle of luminaries. He read law, was called to the bar in 1723, was raised to the Bench of the Court of Session in 1752, with the title Lord Kames (the name  Read more...
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Kames, Henry Home, Lord, 1696-1782.
Essays on the principles of morality and natural religion.
Indianapolis, IN : Liberty Fund, 2005
(DLC) 2004061555
(OCoLC)56840181
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Home Kames, Lord; Mary Catherine Moran
ISBN: 9781614878209 161487820X
OCLC Number: 824698553
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 280 pages).
Contents: PART I: Our attachment to objects of distress --
Foundation and principles of morality --
Liberty and necessity --
Personal identity --
PART II: Belief --
External senses --
Different theories of vision --
Matter and spirit --
Power, cause and effect --
Knowledge of future events --
Dread of supernatural powers in the dark --
Knowledge of the Deity --
APPENDIX: Significant variant readings.
Series Title: Natural law and enlightenment classics.
Responsibility: Henry Home, Lord Kames ; edited and with an introduction by Mary Catherine Moran.

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"Henry Home (1696-1782) has been called "perhaps the most complete 'Enlightenment man' among the eighteenth-century Scottish thinkers." Kinsman and friend of David Hume, mentor and patron of Adam Smith, John Millar, and Thomas Reid, he was a key figure in that circle of luminaries. He read law, was called to the bar in 1723, was raised to the Bench of the Court of Session in 1752, with the title Lord Kames (the name of his family estate), and joined the High Court of the Justiciary in 1763. Publishing broadly in law, history, philosophy, and criticism, Kames made significant contributions to the Enlightenment's science of human nature." "The Essays is commonly considered Kames's most important philosophical work. In the first part, he sets forth the principles and foundations of morality and justice, attacking Hume's moral skepticism and addressing the controversial issue of the freedom of human will. In the second part, Kames focuses on questions of metaphysics and epistemology to offer a natural theology in which the authority of the external senses is an important basis for belief in the Deity." "The text of this volume is based on the third edition of 1779, while the appendix presents substantial variant readings in the first and second editions."--Jacket.

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