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Moral Philosophy

By Rickaby, Joseph

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Title: Moral Philosophy  
Author: Rickaby, Joseph
Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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For fifteen years this Manual has enjoyed all the popularity that its author could desire. With that popularity the author is the last person to wish to interfere. Therefore, not to throw previous copies out of use, this edition makes no alteration either in the pagination or the text already printed. At the same time the author might well be argued to have lapsed into strange supineness and indifference to moral science, if in fifteen years he had learnt nothing new, and found nothing in his work which he wished to improve. Whoever will be at the expense of purchasing my Political and Moral Essays (Benziger, 1902, 6s.) will find in the first essay on the Origin and Extent of Civil Authority an advantageous substitute for the chapter on the State in this work. The essay is a dissertation written for the degree of B. Sc. in the University of Oxford; and represents, I hope, tolerably well the best contemporary teaching on the subject.

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CONTENTS. PART I.--ETHICS. CHAPTER I.--OF THE OBJECT-MATTER AND PARTITION OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY. CHAPTER II.--OF HAPPINESS. Section I.--Of Ends. Section II.--Definition of Happiness. Section III.--Happiness open to Man. 5 Section IV.--Of the Object of Perfect Happiness. Section V.--Of the use of the present life. CHAPTER III.--OF HUMAN ACTS. Section I.--What makes a human act less voluntary. Section II.--Of the determinants of Morality in any given action. CHAPTER IV.--OF PASSIONS. Section I.--Of Passions in general. Section II.--Of Desire. Section III.--Of Delight. Section IV.--Of Anger. CHAPTER V.--OF HABITS AND VIRTUES. Section I.--Of Habit. Section II.--Of Virtues in general. Section III.--Of the difference between Virtues, Intellectual and Moral. Section IV.--Of the Mean in Moral Virtue. Section V.--Of Cardinal Virtues. Section VI.--Of Prudence. Section VII.--Of Temperance. Section VIII.--Of Fortitude. Section IX.--Of Justice. PART II.--DEONTOLOGY. CHAPTER I. (VI.)--OF THE ORIGIN OF MORAL OBLIGATION. Section I.--Of the natural difference between Good and Evil. Section II.--How Good becomes bounden Duty, and Evil is advanced to sin. CHAPTER II. (VII.)--OF THE ETERNAL LAW. CHAPTER III. (VIII.)--OF THE NATURAL LAW OF CONSCIENCE. Section I.--Of the Origin of Primary Moral Judgments. Section II.--Of the invariability of Primary Moral Judgments. Section III.--Of the immutability of the Natural Law. Section IV.--Of Probabilism. CHAPTER IV. (IX.)--OF THE SANCTION OF THE NATURAL LAW. Section I.--Of a Twofold Sanction, Natural and Divine. Section II.--Of the Finality of the aforesaid Sanction. Section III.--Of Punishment, Retrospective and Retributive. CHAPTER V. (X.)--OF UTILITARIANISM. PART III.--NATURAL LAW. CHAPTER I.--OF DUTIES TO GOD. Section I.--Of the Worship of God. Section II.--Of Superstitious Practices. Section III.--Of the duty of knowing God. 6 CHAPTER II.--OF THE DUTY OF PRESERVING LIFE. Section I.--Of Killing, Direct and Indirect. Section II.--Of Killing done Indirectly in Self-defence. Section III.--Of Suicide. Section IV.--Of Duelling. CHAPTER III.--OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH. Section I.--Of the definition of a Lie. Section II.--Of the Evil of Lying. Section III.--Of the keeping of Secrets without Lying. CHAPTER IV.--OF CHARITY. CHAPTER V.--OF RIGHTS. Section I.--Of the definition and division of Rights. Section II.--Of the so-called Rights of Animals. Section III.--Of the right to Honour and Reputation. Section IV.--Of Contracts. Section V.--Of Usury. CHAPTER VI.--OF MARRIAGE. Section I.--Of the Institution of Marriage. Section II.--Of the Unity of Marriage. Section III.--Of the Indissolubility of Marriage. CHAPTER VII.--OF PROPERTY. Section I.--Of Private Property. Section II.--Of Private Capital. Section III.--Of Landed Property. CHAPTER VIII.--OF THE STATE. Section I.--Of the Monstrosities called Leviathan and Social Contract. Section II.--Of the theory that Civil Power is an aggregate formed by subscription of the powers of individuals. Section III.--Of the true state of Nature, which is the state of civil society, and consequently of the Divine origin of Power. Section IV.--Of the variety of Polities. Section V.--Of the Divine Right of Kings and the Inalienable Sovereignty of the People. Section VI.--Of the Elementary and Original Polity. Section VII.--Of Resistance to Civil Power. Section VIII.--Of the Right of the Sword. Section IX.--Of War. Section X.--Of the Scope and Aim of Civil Government. Section XI.--Of Law and Liberty. Section XII.--Of Liberty of Opinion.


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