The Philosophy of Thomas Hill Green

Methuen, 1900 - 187 ˹

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˹ 96 - The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.
˹ 47 - ... in the growth of our experience, in the process of our learning to know the world, an animal organism, which has its history in time, gradually becomes the vehicle of an eternally complete consciousness. What we call our mental history is not a history of this consciousness, which in itself can have no history, but a history of the process by which the animal organism becomes its vehicle.
˹ 95 - NOTHING can possibly be conceived in the world, or even out of it, which can be called good without qualification, except a Good Will.
˹ 90 - Once for all they conceived and expressed the conception of a free or pure morality, as resting on what we may venture to call a disinterested interest in the good ; of the several virtues as so many applications of that interest to the main relations of social life ; of the good itself not as anything external to the capacities virtuously exercised in its pursuit, but as their full realisation.
˹ 84 - We may in consequence justify the supposition that the personal life, which historically or on earth is lived under conditions which thwart its development, is continued in a society, with which we have no means of communication through the senses, but which shares in and carries further every measure of perfection attained by men under the conditions of life that we know.
˹ 82 - If," says the author expressly, " we mean by personality anything else than the quality in a subject of being consciously an object to itself, we are not justified in saying that it necessarily belongs to God.
˹ 73 - The condition of a moral life is the possession of Will and Reason. Will is the capacity in a man of being determined to action by the idea of a possible satisfaction of himself.
˹ 59 - God is for ever reason ; and his communication, his revelation, is reason ; not, however, abstract reason, but reason as taking a body from, and giving life to, the whole system of experience which makes the history of man.
˹ 48 - ... events, is consciousness in the former sense. It consists in what may properly be called phenomena ; in successive modifications of the animal organism, which would not, it is true, be what they are if they were not media for the realisation of an eternal consciousness, but which are not this consciousness. On the other hand, it is this latter consciousness, as so far realised in or communicated to us through modification of the animal organism, that constitutes our knowledge, with the relations,...
˹ 25 - Schale' is true without qualification. The distinction between inner and outer, between what they are in themselves and what they are in relation to other things, has no application to them. In an organism, on the other hand, the distinction between its relations and itself does appear. The life of a living body is not, like the motion of a moving body, simply the joint result of its relations to other things. It modifies those relations, and modifies them through a nature not reducible to them,...