Ueber den Willen in der Natur, eine Eröterung der Bestätigungen, welche die Philosophie des Verfassers durch die empirischen Wissenschaften erhalten hat

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Page 250 - Nous ne souffrons qu'autant que nous jugeons qu'il souffre ; ce n'est pas dans nous , c'est dans lui que nous souffrons.
Page 76 - A man, when he reproaches himself for any particular action in his past conduct, may fancy that, if he was in the same situation again, he would have acted differently. But this is a mere deception ; and if he examines himself strictly, and takes in all circumstances, he may be satisfied that, with the same inward disposition of mind, and with precisely the same...
Page 74 - And with what pretence could we employ our criticism upon any poet or polite author, if we could not pronounce the conduct and sentiments of his actors, either natural or unnatural, to such characters, and in such circumstances ? It seems almost impossible, therefore, to engage, either in science or action of any kind, without acknowledging the doctrine of necessity, and this inference, from motives to voluntary actions; from characters to conduct.
Page 86 - All bodies with which we are acquainted, when raised into the air and quietly abandoned, descend to the earth's surface in lines perpendicular to it. They are therefore urged thereto by a force or effort, the direct or indirect result of a consciousness and a will existing somewhere, though beyond our power to trace, which force we term gravity...
Page 249 - ... tempère l'ardeur qu'il a pour son bien-être par une répugnance innée à voir souffrir son semblable. Je ne crois pas avoir aucune contradiction...
Page 120 - For since it would be utterly in vain to suppose a rule set to the free actions of man, without annexing to it some enforcement of good and evil to determine his will, we must wherever we suppose a law, suppose also some reward or punishment annexed to that law.
Page 72 - That ordinary definition of a free agent (namely that a free agent is that, which, when all things are present, which are needfull to produce the effect, can nevertheless not produce it) implies a contradiction and is Nonsense; being as much as to say, the cause may be sufficient, that is to say necessary, and yet the effect shall not follow.
Page 71 - And that therefore, when first a man hath an appetite or will to something, to which immediately before he had no appetite nor will, the cause of his will, is not the will itself, but something else not in his own disposing; so that whereas it is out of controversy, that of voluntary actions the will is the necessary cause, and by this which is said, the will is also caused by other things whereof it disposeth not, it followeth, that voluntary actions have all of them necessary causes, and therefore...
Page 250 - Fais à autrui comme tu veux qu'on te fasse, inspire à tous les Hommes cette autre maxime de bonté naturelle bien moins parfaite, mais plus utile peut-être que la précédente. Fais ton bien avec le moindre mal d'autrui qu'il est possible.
Page 66 - The ultimate Author of all our volitions is the Creator of the world, who first bestowed motion on this immense machine and placed all beings in that particular position whence every subsequent event by an inevitable necessity must result.

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