By THIRD EARL OF SHAFTESBURY
This new Liberty Fund version of Characteristicks provides the total 1732 textual content of this vintage paintings of philosophy and political concept. additionally integrated are devoted reproductions of the stirring engravings that Shaftesbury created to facilitate the reader's attention of his meditations at the interrelationships between fact, goodness, good looks, advantage, liberty, accountability, society, and the kingdom. click on right here to view a pattern artwork card. The grandson of a founder and chief of the English Whigs, and tutored via John Locke, Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671–1713), wrote essentially the most intellectually influential works in English of the eighteenth century. This used to be the three-volume Characteristicks, initially released in 1711, yet revised in 1714 to deal with the engravings of illustrations that Shaftesbury himself accomplished to help the reader's attention of his reflections on advantage as one of those rationally completed concord one of the affections. greatly considered as the 1st exponent of the view that ethics derives, no longer from cause by myself, yet from "sentiment," Shaftesbury criticizes not just Locke yet, specially, Hobbes for the dim view that "the nation of nature" is "a battle of all opposed to all." on the contrary, Shaftesbury argued that human nature responds such a lot absolutely to representations of the nice, the real, and the attractive, and that humans evidently wish society. In all of those reflections, he offers a wide scope for the workout of person liberty and accountability. Douglas Den Uyl has for a few years been a Professor of Philosophy at Bellarmine collage, Louisville, and is vp of academic courses for Liberty Fund, Inc.
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For of the Reality of such a Good and Ill, no rational Creature can possibly be insensible. When we say therefore of a Creature, ‘‘That he has wholly lost the Sense of Right and Wrong’’; we suppose that being able to discern the Good and Ill of his Species, he has at the same time no Concern for either, nor any Sense of Excellency or Baseness in any moral Action, relating to one or the other. So that except merely with respect to a private and narrowly conﬁn’d Self-good, ’tis suppos’d there is in such a Creature no Liking orA Dislike of Manners; no Admiration, or Love of any thing as morally good; nor Hatred of any thing as morally ill, be it ever so unnatural or deform’d.
A Before the time, therefore, that a Creature can have any plain or positive Notion one way or other, concerning the Subject of G, he may be suppos’d to have an Apprehension or Sense of Right and Wrong, and be possess’d of Virtue and Vice in different degrees; as we know by Experience of those, who having liv’d in such places, and in such a manner as never to have enter’d into any serious Thoughts of Religion, are nevertheless very different among themselves, as to their Characters of Honesty and Worth: some being naturally modest, kind, friendly, and consequently Lovers of kind and friendly Actions; others proud, harsh, cruel, and consequently inclin’d to admire rather the Acts of Violence and mere Power.
Yet neither is this very Endeavour to be esteem’d a Virtue: For tho he may intend to be virtuous, he is not become so, for having only intended, or aim’d at it, thro’ love of the Reward. A Such are the Advantages or Disadvantages which accrue to Virtue from Reﬂection upon private Good or Interest. For tho the Habit of Selﬁshness, and the Multiplicity of interested Views, are of little Improvement to real Merit or Virtue; yet there is a necessity for the preservation of Virtue, that it shou’d be thought to have no quarrel with true Interest, and Self-enjoyment.
CHARACTERISTICKS OF MEN, MANNERS, OPINIONS, TIMES 3 VOL PB SET vol. 2 by THIRD EARL OF SHAFTESBURY