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LECTURES ON MORAL SCIENCE.

LECTURES

ON

MORAL SCIENCE.

DELIVERED BEFORE THE

LOWELL INSTITUTE, BOSTON.

BY

MARK HOPKINS, D.D.LL.D.

PRESIDENT OF WILLIAMS COLLEGE; AUTHOR OF “LECTURES

ON THE EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY," ETC.

BOSTON:
GOULD A N D L INCOLN,

59 WASHINGTON STREET.
NEW YORK: SHELDON AND COMPANY.
CINCINNATI: GEORGE S. BLANCHARD.

18 6 5.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE LIBRARY OF
JOHN GRAHAM BROOKS

APRIL 25, 1939

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by

GOULD AND LINCOLN, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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TO

The Graduates of Williams College

SINCE 1830.

Permit me, my friends, a word of explanation with those of you who may read the following Lectures. It seems called for by the difference between

them now, and when they were heard by the most of you.

In 1830 I was elected to the Professorship of Rhetoric and Moral Phi

losophy in this college, and during the first year prepared and delivered twelve Lectures on Moral Philosophy. Of these, omitting the introductory

one, the first paragraph was the following: “ If the human constitution was made by a wise and good being, it must have been made for certain ends; and in those ends, whatever they may be, and nowhere else, can its perfection and happiness be found. To discover these ends and the means of attaining them, is the object of Moral Philosophy.” Then followed such

an examination of the constitution of man as I was able to make.

This

shows that the present lectures are but the carrying out of my original thought; but that those lectures should have been delivered for more than

twenty-five years without essential alteration is what requires explanation,

if not apology

The explanation is, chiefly, from the pressure of other duties. During the remaining years of my professorship, my leisure was occupied with lectures on Rhetoric and Natural Theology, in connection with extra duties imposed by the declining health of Dr. Griffin. Subsequently, and till 1855,

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