A system of moral philosophy. In three books . published from the original manuscript, by his son ...

A system of moral philosophy. In three books . published from the original manuscript, by his son Francis Hutcheson, M.D. To which is prefixed some account of the life, writings, and character of the author.

Hutcheson, Francis

Published by printed and sold by R. & A. Foulis.London: sold by A. Millar.and T. Longman, Glasgow, 1755
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First edition, 2 volumes, 4to, pp. [12], xlviii, 358; [4], 380; contemporary full calf neatly rebacked, red and black morocco labels on spines; board edges dry and peeling, corners restored; the binding is sound and the text is clean; a good, sound copy. Among the subscribers is Adam Smith (a student of Hutcheson's at Glasgow who took two sets), and Lord Kaims. "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 297; Kress 5445. Bookseller Inventory # 48739

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Title: A system of moral philosophy. In three books...

Publisher: printed and sold by R. & A. Foulis.London: sold by A. Millar.and T. Longman, Glasgow

Publication Date: 1755

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