A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Human Liberty

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Progressive Publishing Company, 1890 - Free will and determinism - 75 pages

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Page 59 - I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and wound up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer.
Page 5 - Believe it, my good friend, to love truth, for truth's sake, is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues ; and, if I mistake not, you have as much of it as ever I met with in any body.
Page 35 - Temples have their sacred images, and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of mankind. But in truth, the ideas and images in men's minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them, and to these they all universally pay a ready submission.
Page 47 - A second reason to prove man a necessary agent is, because all his actions have a beginning: for, whatever has a beginning must have a cause; and every cause is a necessary cause.
Page 65 - For instance, suppose the law on pain of death prohibit stealing, and that there be a man, who by the strength of temptation is necessitated to steal, and is thereupon put to death, does not this punishment deter others from theft? Is it not a cause that others steal not? Doth it not frame and make their wills to justice? To make the law, is therefore to make a cause of justice, and to necessitate justice, and consequently it is no injustice to make such a law.
Page 10 - He assigns as grounds for his religious belief, stories as absurd as that of the Cock-Lane ghost, and forgeries as rank as Ireland's ' Vortigern ;' puts faith in the lie about the thundering legion ; is convinced that Tiberius moved the senate to admit Jesus among, the gods ; and pronounces the letter of Agbarus King of Edessa to be a record of great authority.
Page 19 - First, though I deny liberty in a certain meaning of that word, yet I contend for liberty, as it signifies a power in man to do as he wills or pleases.
Page 19 - Secondly, When I affirm necessity, I contend only for moral necessity ; meaning thereby, that man, who is an intelligent and sensible being, is determined by his reason and his senses ; and I deny man to be subject to such necessity, as is in elocks, watehes, and such other beings, which, for want of sensation and intelligence, are subject to an absolute, physical, or mechanical necessity.
Page 8 - The church hath power to decree rites and ceremonies, and authority in controversies of faith...
Page 25 - ... not unavoidably determined in every point of time by the circumstances he is in, and the causes he is under, to do that one thing he does, and not possibly to do any other.

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