To one whose aim is, to “serve his generation according to the Will of God,” but two reasons would seem to justify an individual in claiming the attention of the public in the capacity of an author--the existence in the public mind of a want which needs to be met, and the full belief, that the Work which he has produced is adapted to meet that want. Under the influence of these two considerations, the following Treatise is presented to the public. Whether the author has judged rightly or not, it is not for him to decide. The decision of that question is left with the public, to whom the Work is now presented. It is doubtful, whether any work, prepared with much thought and pains-taking, was ever published with the conviction, on the part of the author, that it was unworthy of public regard. The community, however, may differ from him entirely on the subject; and, as a consequence, a work which he regards as so imperiously demanded by the public interest, falls dead from the press. Many an author, thus disappointed, has had occasion to be reminded of the admonition, “Ye have need of patience.” Whether the following Treatise shall succeed in gaining the public ear, or not, one consolation will remain with the writer, the publication of the work has satisfied his sense of duty. To his respected Associates in the Institution over which he presides, Associates with whose approbation and counsel the work was prepared, the Author would take this occasion publicly to express his grateful acknowledgments for the many important suggestions which he received from them, during the progress of its preparation.
Having said thus much, he would simply add, that, TO THE LOVERS OF TRUTH, THE WORK IS NOW RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED, WITH THE KIND REGARDS OF
Chapter 1. Introductory Observations.
Chapter 2. Classification of the Mental Faculties.
Chapter 3. Liberty and Necessity.
Chapter 4. Extent and Limits of the Liberty of the Will.
Chapter 5. The Greatest Apparent Good.
Chapter 6. Connection of the Doctrine of Liberty with the Divine Prescience.
Chapter 7. Bearing of the Doctrine of Liberty Upon the Purposes and Agency of God, in Respect
Chapter 8. Obligation Predicable Only of the Will.
Chapter 9. The Standard by Which the Moral Character of Voluntary States of Mind, or Acts of
Chapter 10. Intuitions, or Moral Acts, Never of a Mixed Character; That Is, Partly Right and
Chapter 11. Relation of the Will to the Intelligence and Sensibility, in All Acts or States, Morally
Chapter 12. The Element of the Will in Complex Phenomena.
Chapter 13. Influence of the Will in Intellectual Judgments.
Chapter 14. Liberty and Servitude.
Chapter 15. Liberty and Dependence.
Chapter 16. Formation of Character.
Chapter 17. Concluding Reflections.
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