A short introduction to moral philosophy, in three books; containing the elements of ethicks and the law of nature... translated from the Latin. Second edition
by Hutcheson, Francis
Glasgow: printed and sold by Robert & Andrew Foulis, printers to the university, 1753. 8vo, pp. viii, , 331, ; contemporary speckled calf, gilt-paneled spine in 6 compartments, red morocco label in 1, red speckled edges; a touch of rubbing, else very good. "Hutcheson was a close follower of the third Lord Shaftesbury, and had a great influence upon the Scottish philosophers of the 'common-sense' school. His first essays were directed against the selfish and cynical theories of Hobbes and Mandeville. He adopted and developed the 'moral sense' doctrine as given by Shaftesbury in contrast to the egoistic utilitarianism of his time...he was apparently the first writer to use Bentham's phrase, 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number'...[and] He may be thus classed as one of the first exponents of a decided utilitarianism as distinguished from 'egoistic hedonism'" (DNB). Gaskell 259.
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