Paley's Moral and Political Philosophy by William PaleyPaley's Moral and Political Philosophy by William Paley

Paley's Moral and Political Philosophy

byWilliam Paley

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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. 1835. Excerpt: ... MORAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. BOOK I. PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS. CHAP. I. DEFINITION AND USE OF THE SCIENCE. Moral Philosophy, or Ethics, is the science which teaches men their duty, and the reasons for it. Its use is, to guard against the errors that may arise, either from defects in the ordinary rules of life, or from ignorance in their application. The ordinary rules of life are the Laws, 1. of Honor; 2. of the Land; 3. of God. Of these, the Laws of God, and the Laws of the Land, may be called essential rules of conduct. But the Laws of Honor cannot, with any propriety of language, receive that appellation. "The law of honor consists of a set of maxims, written or understood, by which persons of a certain class either agree to regulate, or are expected to regulate their conduct. It is evident that the obligation of the law of honor, as such, results exclusively from the agreement, tacit or expressed, of the parties concerned. It binds them, because they have agreed to be bound; and for no other reason. He who does not choose to be ranked among the subjects of the law of honor, is under no obligation to obey its rules. These rules are precisely upon the same footing as the laws of free 1 What is Moral Philosophy, or Ethics 1 2 What is the use of this science 1 8 What are the ordinary rules of life 1 4 May all these laws be called essential rules of conduct? 5 Of what does the law of honor consists 1 6 Why is any one bound by the laws of honor 1 7 Is any one obliged to obey its rules 1 B2 17 masonry, or the regulations of a reading-room. He who does not choose to subscribe to the room, in the one case, or to promise conformity to masonic laws, in the other, is under no obligation to regard the rules of either."--Dymond's Essays on the Principles of Mo...
Title:Paley's Moral and Political PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:110 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217302556

ISBN - 13:9780217302555