By THIRD EARL OF SHAFTESBURY
This new Liberty Fund variation of Characteristicks provides the total 1732 textual content of this vintage paintings of philosophy and political concept. additionally integrated are trustworthy reproductions of the stirring engravings that Shaftesbury created to facilitate the reader's attention of his meditations at the interrelationships between fact, goodness, attractiveness, advantage, liberty, accountability, society, and the nation. click on the following to view a pattern artwork card. The grandson of a founder and chief of the English Whigs, and tutored by means of John Locke, Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671–1713), wrote essentially the most intellectually influential works in English of the eighteenth century. This used to be the three-volume Characteristicks, initially released in 1711, yet revised in 1714 to deal with the engravings of illustrations that Shaftesbury himself carried out to help the reader's attention of his reflections on advantage as a type of rationally accomplished concord one of the affections. generally considered as the 1st exponent of the view that ethics derives, now not from cause by myself, yet from "sentiment," Shaftesbury criticizes not just Locke yet, in particular, Hobbes for the dim view that "the nation of nature" is "a struggle of all opposed to all." on the contrary, Shaftesbury argued that human nature responds such a lot absolutely to representations of the great, the genuine, and the attractive, and that people obviously wish society. In all of those reflections, he offers a wide scope for the workout of person liberty and accountability. Douglas Den Uyl has for a few years been a Professor of Philosophy at Bellarmine collage, Louisville, and is vice chairman of academic courses for Liberty Fund, Inc.
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For even in common Behaviour, how hard is it for the grave Character to keep long out of the limits of the formal one? We can never be too grave, if we can be assur’d we are really what we suppose. And we can never too much honour or revere any thing for grave; if we are assur’d the Thing is grave, as we apprehend it. The main Point is to know always true Gravity from the false: and this can only be, by carrying the RuleA constantly with us, and freely applying it not only to the Things about us, but to our-selves.
See VOL. III. p. . Sect. .   Sect. .   Methinks, my Lord, it wou’d be well for us, if before *we ascended into the higher Regions of Divinity, we wou’d vouchsafe to descend a little into our-selves, and bestow some poor Thoughts upon plain honest Morals. When we had once look’d into ourselves, and distinguish’d well the nature of our own Aﬀections, we shou’d probably be ﬁtter Judges of the Divineness of a Character, and discern better what Aﬀections were sutable or unsutable to a perfect Being.
There is a Melancholy which accompanys all Enthusiasm. Be it Love or Religion (for there are Enthusiasms in both) nothing can put a stop to the growing mischief of either, till the Melancholy be remov’d, and the Mind at liberty to hear what can be said against the Ridiculousness of an Extreme in either way. It was heretofore the Wisdom of some wise Nations, to let People be Fools as much as they pleas’d, and never to punishA seriously what deserv’d only to be laugh’d at, and was, after all, best cur’d by that innocent Remedy.
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