Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics

With Some of Their Applications

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Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,691 / 276 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.9
LoC Category: BJ
Downloads: 1,166
Added to site: 2009.09.07
mnybks.net#: 25214
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Philosophy, Religion

Anti-Utilitarianism -- History's Scientific Pretensions -- David Hume as a Metaphysician -- Huxleyism -- Recent Phases of Scientific Atheism -- Limits of Demonstrable Theism

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lesser happiness for the greater happiness of the lark. Why would he not? It is no sufficient answer to say that in the lark's happiness there are few, if any, imaginative or intellectual ingredients; that it is almost utterly unideal, almost purely emotional, exactly the same in kind, and only higher in degree, than the glee of puppies or kittens at play. The question recurs as forcibly as ever, why--seeing that enjoyment is the one thing desirable, the only thing either valuable in itself, or that gives value to other things--why is it that no intelligent man would accept, in lieu of his own, another mode of existence, in which, although debarred from the joys of thought and fancy, he nevertheless has reason to believe that the share of enjoyment falling to his lot would be greater, both in quantity and sapidity, than it is at present? The following seems to me to be the explanation of the mystery.

It might be too much to say that nothing can please a person who is not pleased with himself, but it i

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