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MORAL PHILOSOPHY.

BOOK I.

PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS.

CHAPTER 1. DEFINITION AND USE OF THE SCIENCE. MORAL PHILOSOPHY, Morality, Ethics, Casuistry, Natural Law, mean all the same thing; namely, that science which teaches men their duty, and the reasons of it.

The use of such a study depends upon this, that, without it, the rules of life, by which men are ordinarily governed, oftentimes mislead them, through a defect either in the rule or in the application.

These rules are the Law of Honour, the Law of the Land, and the Scriptures.

CHAP. II.

THE LAW OF HONOUR. The Law of Honour is a system of rules constructed by people of fashion, and calculated to facilitate their intercourse with one another; and for no other purpose.

Consequently nothing is adverted to by the law of Honour but what tends to incommode this intercourse.

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