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" Your obligation to obey this law, is its being the law of your nature. That your conscience approves of and attests to such a course of action, is itself alone an obligation. Conscience does not only offer itself to show us the way we should walk in,... "
Fifteen Sermons Preached at the Rolls Chapel - Page 39
by Joseph Butler - 1726 - 312 pages
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An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals: A Critical Edition

David Hume - 2006 - 308 pages
...bishop and philosopher Joseph Butler (1692-1752), who argued that duty is erected on the law of nature: 'Your obligation to obey this law, is its being the law of your nature' (Fifteen Sermons 3 [2: 71]). Below, Hume refers to 'the rules of natural justice' and cites Montesquieu"...
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A History of Philosophy, Volume 5

Frederick Copleston - 1999 - 440 pages
...what obligation are we under to follow it! And he replies that 'the question carries its own answer along with it. Your obligation to obey this law is its being the law of your nature. That your conscience approves of and attests to such a course of action is itself alone an obligation. Conscience...
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Reason, Grace, and Sentiment: Volume 2, Shaftesbury to Hume: A Study of the ...

Isabel Rivers - 2000
...is intrinsic and is quite separate from the consideration of the rewards and punishments annexed to it: 'Your obligation to obey this law, is its being the law of your nature.' Conscience is its own authority.258 The second feature of the conscience that Butler stresses is reflection....
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Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality

Tara Smith - 2000 - 205 pages
...moral obligations. Butler contends that the question of conscience's authority carries its own answer along with it. Your obligation to obey this law is its being a law of your nature. That your conscience approves of and attests to such a course of action is itself...
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Moral Philosophy from Montaigne to Kant

J. B. Schneewind - 2003 - 666 pages
...light of reason we have ground to believe are annexed to it. The question then carries its own answer along with it. Your obligation to obey this law, is its being the law of your nature. That your conscience approves of and attests to such a course of action, is itself alone an obligation. Conscience...
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British Philosophy: Hobbes to Hume

Frederick Copleston - 2003 - 440 pages
...what obligation are we under to follow it! And he replies that 'the question carries its own answer along with it. Your obligation to obey this law is its being the law of your nature. That your conscience approves of and attests to such a course of action is itself alone an obligation. Conscience...
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Ethical Studies

Bob Bowie, Robert A. Bowie - 2004 - 352 pages
...light of reason we have ground to believe, are annexed to it. The question then carries its own answer along with it. Your obligation to obey this law, is its being the law of your nature. That your conscience approves of and attests to such a course of action, is itself alone an obligation. Conscience...
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The Works of the Right Reverend Father in God, Joseph Butler ...: Sermons. A ...

Joseph Butler - 1820
...punifhments which we feel, and thofe which from the light of reafon we have ground to believe, are annexed to it. The queftion then carries its own anfwer along...obligation. Confcience does not only offer itfelf to mow us the way we fhould walk in, but it likewife carries its own authority with it, that it is our...
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The New Ireland Review, Volume 18

1903
...light of reason we have ground to believe are annexed to it. The question then carries its own answer along with it. Your obligation to obey this law is its being the law of your nature. That your conscience approves of and attests to such an action is itself alone an obligation. Conscience does...
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