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Note on the Texts - David Fordyce, The Elements of Moral Philosophy 
The Elements of Moral Philosophy, in Three Books with a Brief Account of the Nature, Progress, and Origin of Philosophy, ed. Thomas Kennedy (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2003).
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Note on the Texts
This edition of The Elements of Moral Philosophy is based on the 1754 edition of Robert and John Dodsley, the first publication of The Elements as an independent work. Few alterations have been made to the text and those only to correct printer’s errors. In addition, notes have been added to clarify Fordyce’s references. Fordyce followed the not uncommon eighteenth-century practice of providing emphasis by placing material in quotation marks; we have not altered that practice.
We also include A brief Account of the Nature, Progress, and Origin of Philosophy delivered by the late Mr. David Fordyce, P. P. Marish. Col: Abdn to his Scholars, before they begun their Philosophical course. Anno 1743/4 with A Few advices of the late Mr Da. Fordyce to his Scholars at the end of the Session Concerning Reading, available here in print for the first time. This manuscript is held by the Aberdeen University Library, MS.M 184, fol. 28, and is likely the prolegomenon to the lectures on moral philosophy that Fordyce delivered to his magistrands, or senior students, during the 1743/44 school year. Minor changes have been made in the text in order to facilitate comprehensibility. Most frequently these changes consist of the removal of commas or the addition of some other punctuation. More significant interventions in the text are indicated by angle brackets, i.e., 〈 〉. Notes of correction and amplification have been added to both texts as well, identifying the sources upon which Fordyce drew and the figures he esteemed most highly. Fordyce’s own notes, as in the original, are indicated by the symbols * and †. The editor’s annotations of Fordyce’s notes appear in square brackets, i.e., [ ].