A Manual Of Moral Philosophy; With Quotations And References For The Use Of Students

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byWilliam Fleming

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...previous which was necessarily followed by that determination, and could not be followed by any other determination; therefore it was necessary." Let it be observed, however, that in the previous state of the mind by which it was determined to act, Leibnitz included every disposition the mind can have to act voluntarily. " Motives do not act upon the mind as weights upon a balance; but it is rather the mind which acts by virtue of the motives, which are its dispositions to act. To prefer the weaker motive to the stronger, or to be indifferent to motives, is to separate between the mind and motives, as if they were out of it, as the weights are separate from the balance; and as if there were other dispositions to act in the mind besides motives, in virtue of which it could accept or reject motives. In truth, motives comprehend all the dispositions the mind can have to act voluntarily: for they comprehend not only the reasons but also the inclinations which spring from the passions and other precedent impressions. So that, if the mind preferred a feeble inclination to a stronger, it would act contrary to itself and otherwise than it is disposed to act."--Leibnitz, Fifth P&per to Dr. Clarke, sect. 15. The advocates of free agency do not question the truth of the maxim, that every change implies the operation of a cause. But Mr. Stewart has remarked, that " this maxim, although true with respect to inanimate matter, does not apply to intelligent agents, which cannot he conceived without the power of self-determination." And physical causes have characteristics which may be confined to them. 1. In physical phenomena what is called tie Cause belongs to a body different from that in which the Effect is manifested. One ball...

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...previous which was necessarily followed by that determination, and could not be followed by any other determination; th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:170 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.36 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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