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signification of those terms . . . alone

Here one senses the imprint of Godwin's method of progressively discriminating the necessary components of abstract ethical concepts. Virtue, and to a less degree vice, are repeatedly used as markers for social justice in the Enquiry concerning Political Justice, whose extended title continues as "and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness." Particular attention is paid to these concepts in Book I, Chapter 3 ("The Moral Characters of Men Originate in their Perceptions"), Book 4, Chapter 6 ("Inferences from the Doctrine of Necessity"), Book 4, Chapter 8 ("Of the Principle of Virtue"), Book 4, Chapter 9 ("Of the Tendency of Virtue"), and Book 5, Chapter 2 ("Of Education").