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PRESIDENT OF BROWN UNIVERSITY, AND PROFESSOR OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY.
COOKE AND CO. PUBLISHERS.
VITT, LORD, & co., NEW YORK; HOGAN & THOMPSON, PHILADELPHIA; BELKNAP &
Entered according to the act of Congress, in the year 1835, by
FRANCIS WAYLAND, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the District of
WM. VAN NORDEN, PRINT.
In presenting to the public a new treatise upon Moral Science, it may not be improper to state the circumstances which led to the undertaking, and the design which it is intended to accomplish.
When it became my duty to instruct in Moral Philosophy in Brown University, the text-book in use was the work of Dr. Paley. From many of his principles I found myself compelled to dissent, and at first contented myself with stating to my classes my objections to the author, and offering my views, in the form of familiar conversations, upon several of the topics which he discusses. These views, for my own convenience, I soon committed to paper, and delivered in the form of lectures. In a few years, these lectures had become so far extended, that, to my surprise, they contained by themselves, the elements of a different system from that of the text-book which I was teaching. To avoid the inconvenince of teaching two different systems, I undertook to reduce them to order, and make such additions as would render the work in some measure complete within itself. I