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A SYSTEM OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY, IN THREE BOOKS.TO WHICH IS PREFIXED SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE, WRITINGS, AND CHARACTER OF THE AUTHOR.
R. and A. Foulis / A. Millar and T. Longman, Glasgow & London 1755 - Two volumes. [12],xlviii,358,[blank leaf];[4],380pp. Quarto. Contemporary calf, with manuscript spine labels. Some typical foxing early and late, a few marginal smudges, hinges cracked (but sound), spine extremities a trifle chipped, but a very good set in contemporary state. Attractive small collector's label in each volume. First edition of the Irish-born philosopher's last work, edited from the manuscript by his son and published posthumously, with the prefatory 'Life' by William Leechman. After schooling in Glasgow, Hutcheson returned home to establish a private school in Dublin, where he became a figure of some regard in influential circles. In 1729, he returned to Glasgow to assume the Chair of Moral Philosophy, and counted among his students Adam Smith ( his successor and a subscriber to this work), and among his correspondents David Hume. "Hutcheson was a close follower of the third Lord Shaftesbury, and had a great influence upon the Scottish philosophers of the 'common-sense' school. His first essays were directed against the selfish and cynical theories of Hobbes and Mandeville. He adopted and developed the 'moral sense' doctrine as given by Shaftesbury in contrast to the egoistic utilitarianism of his time.he was apparently the first writer to use Bentham's phrase, 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number'.[and] He may be thus classed as one of the first exponents of a decided utilitarianism as distinguished from 'egoistic hedonism'" - DNB. KRESS 5445. GOLDSMITHS 8995. HIGGS 935. GASKELL 297. ESTC T99472.
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