A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy; in Three Parts. Containing the Elements of Ethicks and the Law of Nature

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General Books, 2013 - 84 pages
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. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ... yield to that of the sex. But in the second and remoter degrees, both the pre-eminence of sex in the success rs themselves and seniority, give place to the pre-eminence of sex and the seniority os the deceased parent; fo that an infant grand.daughter or gteat grand-daughter by *n eldest sun deceased takes place of a grandfon os mature yearn and wisdom by a second fon, nay of the second fon himtelf. And the like happens among nephews and nieces and their children, in succeeding to the sortunes of their uncles: and in the successions of cousin-germain Or more remote., C H A P.. IX. Os Contra C.t S in c e N E R A L. SINCE a perpetual commerce and mutual.aids are abfolutely necessary for the subsistence of mankind, not to speak os the convenience* of lise, God has indued men not qnly ♦ith reafon but the powers of speech, by which we can make known to others our sentiments, deliies, affrctions, designs, and purposes. For the right use of this faculty we have alfo a sublime sense implanted, naturally strengthened by our keen desires of knowledge, by which we naturally approve veracity, sincerity, and sidelity; and hate talshcod, dissimulation, and deceit. Veracity and faith in our engagements, beside their own immediate beauty thus approved, recommend themselves to the approbation and choice of every wise and honest man toy their manisest necessity for the common interest andfesety; as lies and falshood are manisestly desti uctive in fociety, In an iritercouise of services, in commerce, and in joint (abour, our sentiments, inclinations and designs must be mutually Wade Iriro.wn; and'" when . "we affirm to others that. we'witt'pay or 'persorm ; "'any thing, with'th'at ptoftsle'd'visiw, ' that another "'(half pay or perform fomething on...

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