The Principles of Natural Law: In which the True Systems of Morality and Civil Government are Established; and the Different Sentiments of Grotius, Hobbes, Puffendorf, Barbeyrac, Locke, Clark, and Hutchinson, Occasionally Considered

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J. Nourse, 1752 - 312 pages

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Page 287 - A brute arrives at a point of perfection that he can never pass in a few years ; he has all the endowments he is capable of, and were he to live ten thousand more, would be the same thing he is at present.
Page 287 - But can we believe a thinking being that is in a perpetual progress of improvements, and travelling on from perfection to perfection, after having just looked abroad into the works of its Creator, and made a few discoveries of his infinite goodness, wisdom and power, must perish at her first setting out, and in the very beginning of her inquiries...
Page 196 - Hence the general principle of the law of nations is nothing more than the general law of sociability, which obliges all nations that have any intercourse with one another, to practise those duties to which individuals are naturally subject.
Page 287 - Point of Perfection that he can never pafs : In a few Years he has all the Endowments he is capable of; and were he to live ten thoufand more, would be the fame thing he is at prefent. Were a human...
Page 145 - ... point. Mons. Burlamaqui, whose work on the Principles of Natural and Political Law is well known, has said (pt. ii. ch. 3), " God has invested us with two means of perceiving or discerning moral good and evil ; the First is only a kind of Instinct, the Second is Reason or Judgment. Moral Instinct I call that natural bent or inclination which prompts us to approve of certain things as good and commendable, and to condemn others as bad and blamable, independent of reflection. Or, if any one has...
Page 287 - Are fuch abilities made for no purpofe ? A brute arrives at a point of perfection that he can never pafs : in a few years he has all the endowments he is capable of; and were he to live ten...
Page 77 - A being, independent of any other, has no rule to pursue, but such as he prescribes to himself; but a state of dependence will inevitably oblige the inferior to take the will of him, on whom he depends, as the rule of his conduct : not indeed in every particular, but in all those points wherein his dependence consists.
Page 130 - ... reason to the next and immediate cause thereof, and from thence to the cause of that cause, and plunge himself profoundly in the pursuit of causes, shall at last come to this, that there must be, as even the heathen philosophers confessed, one first mover ; that is, a first and an eternal cause of all things, which is that which men mean by the name of God...
Page 195 - Hobbes very juftly, a is divided into the natural law of man, and the natural law of jlates ; and the latter is what we call the law of nations.

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