A Theory of Conduct

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byArchibald Alexander

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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.1890 Excerpt: ... IV. The Nature of Character. The evidence of the nature of Character is to be determined by experience. A man forms a judgment with respect to his own character by reviewing his past thoughts and actions; he estimates the character of his fellow-men by inferences from their expressions of thought. In modern ethical science the place of character has acquired great importance, especially in connection with the doctrine of the will. For example, when the determinist, in defending his position, 'argues that the will is governed by motives which are beyond the control of the agent, it is, affirmed on the contrary by the advocates of freedom that the effect of the motives is conditioned by the character, and that character determines the will. Character becomes in this way more or less identified with the person of a man, with his real self. We speak, for example, of a person not merely having, but being, a bad character. Let us suppose, for example, the case of a man whose desire is excited toward some object which he feels that he ought not to possess. The immorality of the pleasurable conduct which is suggested to him is weighed in comparison with the morality of the painful conduct. Now it is argued that the motives alone are not sufficient to determine his conduct, but that character conditions the determination. The problem, then, is to explain character; to show its origin. If we take the empirical view of the matter, the states of mind antecedent to the action of the will are causes of the will's action, and we are not at liberty to introduce any third something, such as character or ego, to condition the effect of the motive. For the ego is not given empirically, and in that case character is either wholly or in part unknown, or becomes simply a series ...

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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.1890 Excerpt: ... IV. The Nature of Character. The evidence of the nature of Character is to be determined by experience. A man forms a judgment w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217666450

ISBN - 13:9780217666459

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