The Law Of Love And Love As A Law, Or, Moral Science, Theoretical And Practical by Mark HopkinsThe Law Of Love And Love As A Law, Or, Moral Science, Theoretical And Practical by Mark Hopkins

The Law Of Love And Love As A Law, Or, Moral Science, Theoretical And Practical

byMark Hopkins

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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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. 1869. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. DIFFERENT THEORIES. Morality regards man as active. Hence moral science must imply a systematic knowledge of those powers in man which tend to, or regulate action, as those powers are related to each other, and to the objects that excite their action. These powers are related to each other as a system capable of harmonious action, and of securing through such action the highest good of the individual and of the whole. Into the conception of a system of active powers the idea of order, subordination, and of a supreme controlling power must enter; and that action of such a system which would secure the highest good of the individual and of the whole is right action. Such action must be rational. It presupposes an end good in itself, and known to be good; but it can be moral only as we have a moral nature affirming obligation to such action. Of the nature and foundation of moral obligation which I suppose to be thus affirmed, different accounts have been given. This has arisen in part from the ambiguity of language, but more from a partial apprehension and wrong adjustment of the facts and principles of our complex nature. A striking fact, as of association, or a powerful principle, as of self-love or sympathy, is seized upon and made to account for everything. It becomes the centre of a system having in it, perhaps, much that is plausible, and much truth in its details, but as a system wholly false. Such systems are not useless. They insure a careful examination of the facts made central; the incidental truth involved, as in the treatise of Adam Smith, is often of much value; and something is done in limiting and exhausting the possibilities of error. And not only are different systems produced from Different ne above causes, but the moral pro...
Title:The Law Of Love And Love As A Law, Or, Moral Science, Theoretical And PracticalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217392016

ISBN - 13:9780217392013

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