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Philosophy 2801F/G

SECTION 1 OF THE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF PHILOSOPHY  Moral philosophy: one considers man chiefly as born for action; and as influenced in his measures by taste and sentiment; pursuing one object and avoiding another, according to the value which these objects seem to possess and according to the light in which they present themselves  Make us feel the difference between vice and virtue – bend our hearts to the love of probity and true honour  The other species of philosophers consider man in the light of a reasonable rather than an active being, and endeavour to form his understanding more than cultivate his manners – human nature as a subject of speculation  Though their speculations seem abstract and even unintelligible to common readers and think themselves sufficiently compensated for the labour of their whole lives  Abstruse philosophy being founded on a turn of mind which cannot enter into business and action, vanishes when the philosopher leaves the shade and comes into open day; not can its principles easily retain any influence over our conduct and behaviour  Easy for a profound philosopher to commit a mistake in his subtile reasonsings – one mistake is the necessary parent of another  The most perfect character is supposed to lie between those extremes; retaining an equal ability and taste for books, company and business; preserving in conversation that discernment and delicacy which arise from polite letters  Man is a reasonable being, and as such, receives from science his proper food and nourishment  Man is also an active being, life must submit to business and occupation the mind requires some relaxation and cannot always support its bent to care and industry  Allow every many to enjoy without opposition his own taste  One considerable advantage is its subservience to the easy and humane  Accuracy is in every case advantageous to beauty and just reasoning to delicate sentiment. In vain would we exalt the on by depreciating the other  That a spirit of accuracy carries all of them nearer their perfection and renders them more subservient to the interests of society  The stability of modern governments above the ancient and the accuracy of modern philosophy have improved and probably will still improve by similar gradations  The swee
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