Elements Of The Philosophy Of The Human Mind (volume 1-2)

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byDugald Stewart

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1833. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... simplify the theory of legislation, by exploding the policy of those complicated checks and restraints which swell the municipal codes of most nations, has now, I believe, become the prevailing creed of thinking men all over Europe; and, as commonly happens to prevailing creeds, has been pushed by many of its partisans far beyond the views and intentions of its original authors. Such too is the effect of fashion, on the one hand, and of obnoxious phrases on the other, that it has found some of its most zealous abettors and propagators among writers who would, without a moment's hesitation have rejected, as puerile and superstitious, any reference to final causes in a philosophical discussion. II. Danger of confounding Final wilh Physical Causes in the Philosophy of the Human Mind. Having said so much upon the research of Final Causes in Physics, properly so called, I shall subjoin a few remarks on its application to the Philosophy of the Human Mind;--a science in which the just rules of investigation are as yet far from being generally understood. Of this no stronger proof can be produced, than the confusion between final and efficient causes, which perpetually recurs in the writings of our latest and most eminent moralists. The same confusion, as I have already observed, prevailed in the physical reasonings of the Aristotelians; but since the time of Bacon, has been so completely corrected, that, in the wildest theories of modern naturalists, hardly a vestige of it is to be traced. To the logical error just mentioned it is owing, that so many false accounts have been given of the principles of human conduct or of the motives by which men are stimulated to action. When the general laws of our internal frame are attentively examined, they will be found t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1833. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... simplify the theory of legislation, by exploding the policy of those complicated checks and restraints which swell the munic...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217943748

ISBN - 13:9780217943741

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