HUTCHESON, Frances (1694-1746)
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,,333,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.