The Elements of Moral Philosophy
Fordyce’s Elements of Moral Philosophy was a notable contribution to the curriculum in moral philosophy and was one of the most widely circulated texts in moral philosophy in the second half of the eighteenth century.
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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Table of Contents
- Note on the Texts
- Book I: PRELIMINARIES
- section i: Of Man and His Connections
- section ii: Of Duty, or Moral Obligation
- section iii: Various Hypotheses Concerning Moral Obligation
- section iv: The Final Causes of Our Moral Facultiesof Perception and Affection
- Book II
- section i: The Principal Distinctions of Duty or Virtue
- section ii: Of Man’s Duty to Himself. Of the Nature of Good, and the Chief Good
- section iii: Duties to Society
- chapter i: Filial and Fraternal Duty
- chapter ii: Concerning Marriage
- chapter iii: Of Parental Duty
- chapter iv: Herile and Servile Duty
- chapter v: Social Duties of the private Kind
- chapter vi: Social Duties of the Commercial Kind
- chapter vii: Social Duties of the Political Kind
- section iv: Duty to God
- Book III
- section i: Of Practical Ethics, or the Culture of the Mind
- SECTION II: Motives to Virtue from Personal Happiness
- section iii: Motives to Virtue from the Being and Providence of God
- section iv: Motive to Virtue from the Immortality of the Soul, c.
- A Few advices of the late Mr Da. Fordyce to his Scholars at the end of the Session Concerning Reading