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An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections. With Illustrations on the Moral Sense. Frances HUTCHESON.

An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections. With Illustrations on the Moral Sense

London: J. Darby and T. Browne, 1728. 8vo. xxii,[2],333,[3]pp. Publisher's ads.

Contemporary panelled calf, expertly rebacked to style, spine gilt with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece

First edition of a noted work of the Scottish Enlightenment which would have a profound effect on the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson.

The philosopher Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746), a seminal figure in the Scottish enlightenment, wrote the present work with the aim to refute the arguments of John Clarke, who had contended that benevolence is the result of self-love. Hutcheson instead presents a system of moral philosophy which delineates the nature and proper functions of government. "Men" he writes in this work "are necessarily determined to pursue their own happiness."

ESTC T61154; Kress 3756.

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