Theory of Morals: An Inquiry Concerning the Law of Moral Distinctions and the Variations and Contradictions of Ethical Codes

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C. C. Little & J. Brown, 1844 - Ethics - 272 pages
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"This is the first of six Treatises which collectively I propose to entitle "Rudiments of the Science of Man." They will be published in the following order : Theory of Morals, Theory of Politics, Theory of Wealth, Theory of Taste, Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Education. The peculiarity of these Treatises will consist in an attempt to apply rigorously and systematically to their several subjects the Inductive Method of Investigation,?a method which in Physical Science has proved successful beyond expectation; but which, hitherto, for powerful but temporary reasons, has been very partially employed, and, in consequence, with very small results, upon the yet nobler and more important Science of Man. The daily increasing interest with which that science is regarded, and the great social problems which depend upon it for solution, seem to demand for its several branches a more patient, thorough, comprehensive, experimental investigation, than they have yet received. Such will be the aim of these Treatises. However short of that aim I may fall, I shall at least claim the merit of an earnest, honest, thoughtful, laborious endeavour"--Matériel publicitaire. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).

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Page 90 - If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not ; Let not the royal bed of Denmark be A couch for luxury and damned incest.
Page 31 - She, while her lover pants upon her breast, Can mark the figures on an Indian chest ; And when she sees her friend in...
Page 89 - To be no more. Sad cure! for who would lose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through eternity, To perish rather, swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated Night, Devoid of sense and motion?
Page 89 - To sleep ! perchance to dream; ay, there 's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause. There 's the respect, That makes calamity of so long life...
Page 152 - Love, free as air, at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies, Let wealth, let honour, wait the wedded dame, August her deed, and sacred be her fame; Before true passion all those views remove, Fame, wealth, and honour!
Page 137 - Hail wedded Love, mysterious law, true source Of human offspring, sole propriety In Paradise of all things common else. By thee adulterous lust was driven from men Among the bestial herds to range; by thee, Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, Relations dear, and all the charities Of father, son, and brother first were known.
Page 63 - Others apart sat on a hill retired, In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will, and Fate— Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute— And found no end, in wandering mazes lost.
Page 15 - As was her sister; whether dread did dwell Or anguish in her hart, is hard to tell : Upon her arme a silver anchor lay, Whereon she leaned ever, as befell: And ever up to heaven, as she did pray, Her stedfast eyes were bent, ne swarved other way.
Page 151 - Whatever hypocrites austerely talk Of purity, and place, and innocence, Defaming as impure what God declares Pure, and commands to some, leaves free to all. Our Maker bids increase ; who bids abstain But our Destroyer, foe to God and Man?

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