An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue
by Francis Hutcheson

A thorough and logical system of esthetics and ethics. Systematic. Consistent. Persuasive, except for over emphasis on benevolence and neglect of the sense of righteousness. Hutcheson is second only to Henry Home as a moral philosopher.

He works out the mathematics of benevolent utilitarianism, but fails to notice that it is useless. His contribution is mainly his defense of the moral sense. Well done.

Year Read: 2005

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