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Ideas of Francis Hutcheson, by Text

[British, 1694 - 1746, Born in Ireland. Professor at Glasgow University.]

1725 Treatise 2: Virtue or Moral Good
Intro p.263 We approve of actions by a superior moral sense
žI.VI p.267 We dislike a traitor, even if they give us great benefit
žI.VIII p.269 The moral sense is not an innate idea, but an ability to approve or disapprove in a disinterested way
žII.I p.271 Contempt of danger is just madness if it is not in some worthy cause
žII.IV p.274 We cannot choose our moral feelings, otherwise bribery could affect them
žII.V p.277 As death approaches, why do we still care about family, friends or country?
žII.VII p.278 Human nature seems incapable of universal malice, except what results from self-love
žIII.VIII p.284 That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest number
žIII.XII p.288 My action is not made good by a good effect, if I did not foresee and intend it
žV.VIII p.291 Everyone feels uneasy when seeing others in pain, unless the others are evil
žVII.III p.294 Reason is too slow and doubtful to guide all actions, which need external and moral senses
žVII.V p.296 If goodness is constituted by God's will, it is a tautology to say God's will is good
žVII.V p.296 We say God is good if we think everything he does aims at the happiness of his creatures
žVII.VI p.297 The loss of perfect rights causes misery, but the loss of imperfect rights reduces social good
1728 Treatise 4: The Moral Sense
Intro p.305 Happiness is a pleasant sensation, or continued state of such sensations
žI p.307 Reason is our power of finding out true propositions
žI p.310 We are asked to follow God's ends because he is our benefactor, but why must we do that?
žI p.313 Why may God not have a superior moral sense very similar to ours?
žIV p.318 Can't the moral sense make mistakes, as the other senses do?
žIV p.320 You can't form moral rules without an end, which needs feelings and a moral sense