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Author: Francis Hutcheson
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2005.
Series: Continuum classic texts.
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Hutcheson, Francis, 1694-1746.
System of moral philosophy, in two books.
London ; New York : Continuum, 2005
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Hutcheson
ISBN: 0826488153 9780826488152
OCLC Number: 69014071
Notes: Originally published: London : Sold by A. Millar, 1755.
Description: 2 volumes ; 28 cm.
Contents: VOLUME ONE; Preface; Book 1 - Concerning the Constitution of Human Nature, and the Supreme Good; 1. Of the Constitution of Human Nature and its Powers; and first, the Understanding, Will, and Passions; 2. Concerning the finer Powers of Perception; 3. Concerning the Ultimate Determinations of Will, and benevolent Affections.; 4. Concerning the Moral Sense, or Faculty of perceiving Moral Excellence, and its Supreme Objects; 5. The Sense of Honour and Shame explained. The universal Influence of the Moral Sense, and that of honour; and their Uniformity.; Book 1. Part 2 - An Enquiry into the Supreme Happiness of Mankind; 6. How far into the Supreme Sensations, Appetites, Passions and Affections, are in our Power; 7. A Comparison of the several sorts of Enjoyment, and the opposite sorts of Uneasiness, to find their importance to Happiness; 8. A Comparison of the several Tempers and Characters in point of Happiness or Misery; 9. The Duties toward God; and first, of just Sentiments concerning his Nature; 10. The Affections, Duty, and Worship, to be exercised toward the Deity; 11. The Conclusion of this Book, showing the way to the Supreme Happiness of our Nature; Book 2 - Containing a Deduction of the more special Laws of Nature, and Duties of Life, previous to Civil Government, and other adventitious States; 1. The Circumstances which increase or diminish the Moral Good or Evil of Actions; 2. General Rules of Judging about the Morality of Actions, from the Affections exciting them, or opposing them; 3. The general Notions of Rights and Laws explained; with their Divisions; 4. The different States of Men. The State of Liberty not a State of War. The way that private Rights are known. The Necessity of a Social Life; 5. The private Rights of Men; first, such as are called Natural; and the Equality of Men; 6. The adventitious Rights, real, and personal. Property or Dominion; 7. The Means of acquiring Property. How far it extends. In what Subjects it resides; 8. Concerning derived Property, and the Ways of alienating or transferring it; 9. Concerning Contracts or Covenants; 10. The Obligations in the Use of Speech; 11. Concerning Oaths and Vows; 12. The Values of Goods in Commerce, and the Nature of Coin; 13. The principal Contracts in a Social Life; 14. Personal Rights arising from some Actions of the Person obliged, or of him who has the Right; 15. The Rights arising from Injuries and Damages, done by others: and the Abolition of Rights; 16. Concerning the general Rights of Human Society, or Mankind as a System; 17. The extraordinary Rights arising from some singular Necessity; 18. How Controversies should be decided in Natural Liberty; Book 3 - Of Civil Policy; 1. Concerning the adventitious States or permanent Relations: and first, Marriage; 2. The Rights and Duties of Parents and Children; 3. The Duties and Rights of Masters and Servants; 4. The Motives to constitute Civil Government; 5. The natural Method of constituting Civil Government, and the essential parts of it; 6. The several Forms of Polity, with their principal Advantages and Disadvantages; 7. The Rights of Governors, how far they extend; 8. The Ways in which Supreme Power is acquired: how far just; 9. Of the Nature of Civil Laws and their Execution; 10. The Laws of Peace and War; 11. The Duration of the Politic Union; and the Conclusion.
Series Title: Continuum classic texts.
Responsibility: Francis Hutcheson ; with an introduction by Daniel Carey.


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