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Man a Creative First Cause; Two Discourses Delivered at Concord, Mass., July, 1882 (Mehke platnice)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...the mind from without, without any agency of its own. The circumstances and the perception may thus come under our observation without even an effort to direct attention to them. We distinguish the various perceptions of the one cognitive sense, first as objective and subjective, and then classify the former as senses of seeing, hearing, etc.; and, in regard to the latter, we speak of the sense of beauty, of order, of justice, honor, shame, etc. When the subject of these cognitions, and of the judgments upon them, spontaneous or otherwise, is that of moral right, and wrong, they constitute the genetic elements of the moral sense. But the mere perception or judgment as to right and wrong has of itself no more effect upon the sensibilities, than has the cognition that twice five are ten. It is not till we regard it as practically applied in action that it produces any emotion. Such action in others, when it is right, elicits our approval or admiration, and, when wrong, our censure or indignation; and in ourselves the triumph of the right inspires us with the pleasurable and elevating emotion of victory, while the yielding to the temptation to wrong brings with it the painful feelings of debility, self-debasement, and dishonor. It is in these emotions of glory and of shame thus excited that we find the manifestation or development of conscience, which is properly the moral sense, to the sensations of which the cognition of right and wrong is only a prerequisite. Nor is it material to the quality of our action whether these cognitions are true or false, for the moral virtue of our action all lies in our conforming them to our convictions of duty; and hence, though false convictions may cause our actions to be unwise, they do not affect their morality. In regard...


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