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An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections. With Illustrations on the Moral Sense. London: Printed by J. Darby & T. Browne, 1728.
- First edition of an important development of Hutcheson's moral psychology, following his 'Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue' (1725). Here in the Essay he offers a kind of phenomenology of the mind's modifications and ideas they provoke. In the appended 'Illustrations upon the Moral Sense', he addresses criticisms of his theory tries to show that rival systems also depend on a 'moral sense' for their coherence. Chuo III, 126. 'An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense, jointly with the earlier "Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue", presents one of the most original and wide-ranging moral philosophies of the eighteenth century. These two works, each comprising two semi-autonomous treatises, were widely translated and vastly influential throughout the eighteenth century in England, continental Europe, and America. The two works had their greatest impact in Scotland and influenced many well-known Scottish philosophers, particularly those writing after the last Jacobite upheaval, in 1745. This can be seen in the concern of the post-1745 generation with analyzing human nature as the foundation of moral theory, with the "moral sense" and moral epistemology more generally, with the impartial spectator and the calm passions, and with the independence of benevolence from self-interest. In addition to the influence of his writings, Hutcheson was also a famed teacher whose Glasgow students, notably Adam Smith, held sway over generations of Scottish moral philosophers. Despite their impact on Scottish letters, the four treatises were in fact written in Dublin, and the philosophers to whom Hutcheson responded and with whom he debated were in the main not Scottish but English, Irish, French, Roman, and Greek. Consequently, part of Hutcheson's legacy was a cosmopolitan outlook among enlightened Scots, who learned to turn their eyes far from home' (Aaron Garrett, Introduction to the Liberty Fund edition). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8vo, xxii, [ii], 333, [3] pp., contemporary calf, worn, joints cracked but holding, lacking spine label, initial leaves with faint spot at fore-margin, stain at fore-margin through two leaves (D8, E1), otherwise internally good and clean. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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