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CHAP. III.-UNIFORMITY OF ACTION IN THE MORAL SENSIBILITIES.

264. Of uniformity in the decisions of the moral nature, and the prin-

ciple on which it is regulated

308

65. The nature of conscience, considered as a uniform principle of

action, requires that it should vary in its decisions with cir.

cumstances

309

266. Differences in the decisions of conscience dependant, in part

, on

differences of intellectual power :

310

267. Diversities in moral decisions dependant on differences in the

amount of knowledge .

311

268. Of diversities in moral judgment in connexion with differences in

civil and political institutions

313

269. Additional illustration of the same view of the subject

314

270. This view of the subject further illustrated from cases of assassi-

nation

315

271. Reference to a cruel law of the Athenians :

316

272. Of diversities and obliquities of moral judgment in connexion with

speculative opinions

316

273. Further illustrations of the influence of wrong speculative opinions 318

274. Of the effect of wrong speculative opinions among heathen tribes 318

275. Influence of early associations on moral judgments

319

276. Illustration of the principle of the preceding section

320

277. Of diversities of moral judgment in connexion with an excited

state of the passions

322

278. Of the action of the conscience in connexion with strong temp-

tation

323

279. Of the existence of a moral nature in connexion with public robo

bers and outlaws from society

325

280. Illustration of the fact that there are the remains of conscientious

feeling even in the most depraved of men

281. Of errors in the statements of travellers

328

282. Instances in proof of the preceding view

329

CHAP. IV.-IMMUTABILITY OF MORAL DISTINCTIONS.

283. Remarks on the reality of right and wrong, and on the standard

of rectitude which is involved in their existence

330

284. Of the origin of the ideas or abstract conceptions of right and wrong 331

285. The immutability of moral distinctions supported by the views

which men lake of things in their nature or essence

286. Illustrations of the views of the preceding section

333

287. Application of the foregoing views to the doctrine of the immuta-

bility of moral distinctions

336

288. The immutability

of moral distinctions shown, secondly, from the

terms and the structure of languages.

337

289. The immutability of moral distinctions, thirdly, from the opera.

tion of the passions of gratitude and anger

340

290. Shown, in the fourth place, by the character of the emotions

which arise in view of actual instances of right and wrong 341

291. Shown, in the fifth place, from the deportment and conduct of

individuals, and from the character of codes of law and civil

institutions

344

292. The doctrine further shown from the opinions which mankind

tertain of the character and government of God .

346

293. Further remarks on the subject of the last section

348

294. Further proof from a consideration of the relation which the doo

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CHAP. I. DISORDERED AND ALIENATED ACTION OF THE APPETITES

AND PROPENSITIES.

Section

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307. Introductory remarks on disordered sensitive action

369

308. Of what is meant by a disordered and alienated state of the sen-

sibilities

369

309. Of the disordered and alienated action of the appetites

370

310. Disordered action of the principle of self-preservation .

311, Disordered and alienated action of the possessory principle 373

312. Instances of the second kind or form of disordered action of the

possessory principle

313. Disordered action of imitativeness, or the principle of imitation : 376

314. Disordered action of the principle of sociality

376

315. Further remarks on the disordered action of the social propensity 377

316. Of the disordered action of the desire of esteem

378

317. Disordered action of the desire of power

318. Disordered action of the principle of veracity

Chap. II.-SYMPATHETIC IMITATION.

319. Of sympathetic imitation, and what is involved in it

382

320. Familiar instances of sympathetic imitation

321. Of sympathetic imitation in large multitudes

384

322. Of the animal magnetism of M. Mesner in connexion with this

subject

385

323. Instances of sympathetic imitation at the poorhouse at Haerlem 387

324. Other instances of this species of imitation.

388

325. Application of these views to the witchcraft delusion in New-

England

389

326. Practical results connected with the foregoing views :

327. Application of these views to legislative and other assemblies 391

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MENTAL PHILOSOPHY.

DIVISION SECOND.

THE SENSIBILITIES.

SENTIENT OR SENSITIVE STATES OF THE MIND

SENTIMENTS.

VOL. II.-B

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