Sketches Of The History Of Man Volume 1

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byLord Henry Home Kames

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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. 1779 edition. Excerpt: ... I through various scenes, are full of invention, and constantly thinking of new, modes. Manners in particular can never be stationary in a nation refined by prosperity and the arts of peace. Good government will advance men to a high degree of civilization; but the very best government will not preserve them from corruption, after becoming rich by prosperity. Opulence begets luxury, and invigorates the appetite for sensual pleasure. The appetite, when inflamed, is never consined within moderate bounds, but clings to every object; of gratification, without regard to propriety or decency. When Septimius Severus was elected Emperor, he found on the roll of causes depending before the judges in Rome no fewer than three thousand accusations of adultery. From that moment he abandoned all thoughts of a reformation. Love of pleasure is similar to love of money: the more it is indulged, the more it is inflamed. Polygamy is an incentive to the vice against nature; one aft of incontinence leading to others, without end. When the Sultan Achmet was deposed at Constantinople, the people, breaking into the house of one of his favourites, found not a single woman. It is reported of the Algerines, that in many of their seraglios there are no women. For the fame reason, polygamy is far from preventing adultery, a truth sinely illustrated in Nathan's parable to David. What judgement then are we to form of the opulent cities London and Paris, where pleasure is the ruling passion, and where riches are coveted as instruments of sensuality? What is to be expected but a pestiferous corruption of manners ? Selfishness, ingroffing the whole soul, eradicates patriotism, and leaves not a cranny for social virtue. If, in that condition men abstain from robbery or...

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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. 1779 edition. Excerpt: ... I through various scenes, are full of invention, and constantly thinking of new, modes. Manners in particular ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217047807

ISBN - 13:9780217047807

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