A fragment on Mackintosh [by J. Mill] strictures on some passages in the Dissertation [on the progress of ethical philosophy].

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Strana 39 - All which qualities, called sensible, are in the object, that causeth them, but so many several motions of the matter, by which it presseth our organs diversely. Neither in us that are pressed, are they any thing else, but divers motions ; for motion produceth nothing but motion.
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Strana 39 - For after the object is removed, or the eye shut, we still retain an image of the thing seen, though more obscure than when we see it.
Strana 258 - ... every man ought to be supposed a knave; and to have no other end, in all his actions, but private interest.
Strana 5 - In treating of the principles of morals there are two questions to be considered. First, wherein does virtue consist? Or what is the tone of temper, and tenor of conduct, which constitutes the excellent and praise-worthy character, the character which is the natural object of esteem, honour, and approbation?
Strana 27 - But there is another saying not of late understood, by which they might learn truly to read one another, if they would take the pains ; and that is, Nosce teipsum, Read thyself: which was not meant, as it is now used, to countenance, either the barbarous state of men in power, towards their inferiors ; or to encourage men of low degree, to a sawcie behaviour towards their betters ; but to teach us, that for the similitude of the thoughts, and passions of one man, to the thoughts, and passions of...
Strana 28 - ... of the passions, which are the things desired, feared, hoped, &c; for these the constitution individual and particular education do so vary, and they are so easy to be kept from our knowledge, that the characters of man's heart, blotted and confounded as they are with dissembling, lying, counterfeiting, and erroneous doctrines, are legible only to him that searcheth hearts.
Strana 66 - In these sermons,* he has taught truths more capable of being exactly distinguished from the doctrines of his predecessors, more satisfactorily established by him, more comprehensively applied to particulars, more rationally connected with each other, and therefore more worthy of the name of discovery, than any with which we are acquainted; if we ought not, with some hesitation, to except the first steps of the Grecian philosophers towards a Theory of Morals.
Strana 136 - ... that the sudden establishment of new codes can seldom be practicable or effectual for their purpose ; and that reformations, though founded on the principles of Jurisprudence, ought to be not only adapted to the peculiar interests of a people...
Strana 163 - The pleasures of benevolence are the pleasures resulting from the view of any pleasures supposed to be possessed by the beings who may be the objects of benevolence; to wit, the sensitive beings we are acquainted with; under which are commonly included, 1.

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