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A System of Moral Philosophy

A System of Moral Philosophy
In Three Books
2 Volume Set


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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108060301

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  • Often described as the father of the Scottish Enlightenment, Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746) was born in the north of Ireland to an Ulster-Scottish Presbyterian family. Organised into three 'books' that were divided between two volumes, A System of Moral Philosophy was his most comprehensive work. It synthesised ideas that he had formulated as a minister and as the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow (1729–46). Published posthumously by his son in 1755, prefaced by an account of his life, it is the only treatise by Hutcheson for which a manuscript is known to have survived. Asserting that individual natural rights derive from an innate understanding of moral behaviour, Hutcheson offers a model that mediates between individual interests and communal ideals. Volume 1 describes the role and perception of 'perfect' and 'imperfect' natural rights. Volume 2 explores the role of familial and political governance in relation to communal happiness.

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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108060301
    • length: 814 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Subscribers
    Part I. Concerning the Constitution of Human Nature, and the Supreme Good:
    1. Of the constitution of human nature
    2. Concerning the finer powers of perception
    3. Concerning the ultimate determinations of the will, and benevolent affections
    4. Concerning the moral sense
    5. The sense of honour and shame explained
    6. How far the several sensations appetites, passions and affections are in our power
    7. A comparison of the several sorts of enjoyment
    8. A comparison of the several tempers and characters
    9. The duties towards God
    10. The affections, duty, and worship, to be exercised toward the deity
    11. The conclusions of this book
    Part II. Containing a Deduction of the More Special Laws of Nature:
    1. The circumstances which encrease or diminish the moral good or evil of actions
    2. General rules of judging about the morality of actions
    3. The general notions of rights and law explained
    4. The different states of men
    5. The private rights of men
    6. The adventitious rights, real, and personal
    7. The means of acquiring property
    8. Concerning derived property. Volume 2:
    9. Concerning contracts or covenants
    10. The obligations in the use of speech
    11. Concerning oaths and vows
    12. The values of goods in commerce
    13. The principal contracts in a social life
    14. Personal rights
    15. The rights arising from injuries and damages
    16. Concerning the general rights of human society
    17. The extraordinary rights arising from some singular necessity
    18. How controversies should be decided in natural liberty
    Part III. Of Civil Polity:
    1. Concerning the adventitious states or permanent relations
    2. The rights and duties of parents and children
    3. The duties and rights of masters and servants
    4. The motives to constitute civil government
    5. The natural method of constituting civil government
    6. The several forms of polity
    7. The rights of governors
    8. The ways in which supreme power is acquired
    9. Of the nature of civil laws and their execution
    10. The laws of peace and war
    11. The duration of the politick union, and the conclusion.

  • Author

    Francis Hutcheson

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