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Ethics: Or, Moral Philosophy
     

Ethics: Or, Moral Philosophy

by Walter Henry Hill
 
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faculties, that, in order for the object of its perfect beatitude to be such as to leave nothing ulterior, and greater to be known by the intellect, and no greater good to be

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faculties, that, in order for the object of its perfect beatitude to be such as to leave nothing ulterior, and greater to be known by the intellect, and no greater good to be desired by the will, it must possess the following properties: i. It must be per se, or simply good; i. e., it must be necessary, not contingent; therefore, not mutable and amissible good. 2. It must be/i?r se complete; i. e., it must include, as a necessary property of itself, eveiy perfect good that can be known by the intellect and desired by the will; and, therefore, there should be in it no privation and no deficiency of any simple good that is conceivable. Now, since God is the only real being whose attributes are simply absolute; that is, necessary, independent of all cause, and therefore infinite, it follows that God alone is that complete and simple good, which is the object of perfect beatitude. Every created being has only contingent existence, and, therefore, every created being is only a contingent good; consequently, it cannot, by any possibility, possess the properties which are essential to an object of complete and perfect beatitude, that will leave nothing further or greater to be known or desired. ARTICLE IV. WHETHER THE ATTAINMENT OF FINAL BEATITUDE, IN ANY MANNER, DEPENDS ON MAN'S FREE ACTION; AND WHETHER FORMAL BEATITUDE IS THE SAME FOR ALL. THAT THERE IS A RELATIVE THOUGH IMPERFECT BEATITUDE ATTAINABLE IN THIS LIFE; AND IT IS THE PROXIMATE END OF MAN. It is evident that both the ultimate end or destiny of every creature, and the appointed means to that end must be proportioned to the nature of such being; and we find this principle actually verified in the action and tendency of the created things around us. Inanimate matter, the vegetablekingdom, brute animals, are all plai...

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