Dissertations And Discussions Volume 3

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJohn Stuart Mill

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...that this entire union is the completest ideal of marriage; but it is bad philosophy to speak of a relation as if it always was the best thing that it possibly can be, and then infer, that when it is notoriously not such, as in an immense majority of cases, and even when it is the extreme contrary, as in a considerable minority, it shwild nevertheless be treated exactly as if the fact corresponded with the theory. The liberty of divorce is contended for, because marriages are not what Dr. Whewell says they should be looked upon as being; because a choice made by an inexperienced person, and not allowed to be corrected, cannot, except by a happy accident, realize the conditions essential to this complete union. We give these observations, not as a discussion of the question, but of Dr. WhewelPs treatment of it; as part of the comparison which he invites his readers to institute between.his method and that of Ik'ntluitn. Were it our object to confirm the general character we have given of Dr. Whewell's philosophy by a survey in detail of the morality laid down by him, the two volumes of "Elements" afford abundant materials. We could show that Dr. Whewell not only makes no improvement on the old moral doctrines, but attempts to set up afresh several of them which have been loosened or thrown down by the stream of human progress. Thus we find him everywhere inculeating, as one of the most sacml duties, reverence for superiors, even when personally undeserving (i. 176-7); and obedience to existing laws, even when bad. "The laws of the State are to be observed, even when they enact slavery" (i. 351). "The morality of the individual," he says (i. 58), "depends on his not violating the law of his nation." It is not even the spirit of the law, but...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...that this entire union is the completest ideal of marriage; but it is bad philosophy to speak of a relation as ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217925502

ISBN - 13:9780217925501

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