The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered.
In the present state of society it appears necessary to go back
to first principles in search of the most simple truths, and to
dispute with some prevailing prejudice every inch of ground. To
clear my way, I must be allowed to ask some plain questions, and
the answers will probably appear as unequivocal as the axioms on
which reasoning is built; though, when entangled with various
motives of action, they are formally contradicted, either by the
words or conduct of men.
In what does man's pre-eminence over the brute creation consist?
The answer is as clear as that a half is less than the whole; in
What acquirement exalts one being above another? Virtue; we
For what purpose were the passions implanted? That man by
struggling with them might attain a degree of knowledge denied to
the brutes; whispers Experience.