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" Actions are, by their very nature, temporary and perishing; and where they proceed not from some cause in the character and disposition of the person who performed them, they can neither redound to his honour, if good; nor infamy, if evil. "
The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas - ˹ 211
Edward Westermarck - 1906
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Hume's Treatise of Morals: And Selections from the Treatise of the Passions

David Hume - 1893 - 275 ˹
...actions, which are design'd and premeditated, than for such as are the most casual and accidental. Actions are by their very nature temporary and perishing...and where they proceed not from some cause in the characters and disposition of the person, who perform'd them, they infix.not themselves upon him, and...

A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the ..., 2

David Hume - 1898
...actions, which are design'd and premeditated, than for such as are the most casual and accidental. Actions are by their very nature temporary and perishing...and where they proceed not from some cause in the characters and disposition of the person, who perform'd them, they infix not themselves upon him, and...

Free Will and Four English Philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hume and Mill

Joseph Rickaby - 1906 - 234 ˹
...injurious actions excite that passion, it is only by their relation to the person or connexion with him. Actions are, by their very nature, temporary and perishing;...they proceed not from some cause in the character or disposition of the person who performed them, they can neither redound to his honour if good, nor...

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and Selections from A Treatise of ...

David Hume - 1907 - 267 ˹
...injurious actions excite that passion, it is only by their relation to the person, or connexion with him. Actions are, by their very nature, temporary and perishing...and where they proceed not from some cause in the char- acter and disposition of the person who performed them, they can neither redound to his honour,...

A Treatise on Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental ...

David Hume - 1878
...actions, which are design'd and premeditated, than for such as are the most casual and accidental. Actions are by their very nature temporary and perishing...and where they proceed not from some cause in the characters and disposition of the person, who perform'd them, they infix not themselves upon him, and...

Essays on Aristotle's Ethics

Matina Souretis Horner Distinguished Professor Radcliffe College Professor of Philosophy Amelie Oksenberg Rorty - 1980 - 438 ˹
...2d ed. (Oxford, 1902), p. 98: "Actions are, by their very nature, temporary and perishing; and [a] where they proceed not from some cause in the character...redound to his honour, if good; nor infamy, if evil. . . . ]b] as they proceeded from nothing in him that is durable and constant, and leave nothing of...
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Fundamentals of Ethics

John Finnis - 1983 - 163 ˹
...Person, p. 151; also pp. 13, 99, 160. Contrast Hume, Treatise of Human Nature, Book II, Part ii, sec. 2: "Actions are by their very nature temporary and perishing;...in the character and disposition of the person, who perform'd them, they infix not themselves upon him, and can neither redound to his honour, if good,...
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Free Will and Values: Adaptive Mechanisms and Strategies of Prey and Predators

Robert Kane - 1985 - 229 ˹
...Treatise (60, p. 411): "Where [actions] proceed not from some cause in the characters and dispositions of the person who performed them, they . . . can neither redound to his honor, if good, nor infamy, if evil. . . . the person is not responsible for [the action] ... as it...
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Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding

David Hume - 1750 - 259 ˹
...where they proceed not from fome Cattfe in the Characters and Difpoficion of the Perfon, who perform'd them, they can neither redound to his Honour, if good, nor Infamy, if evil. The Actions themfelves may be blameable ; they may be contrary to all the Rules of Morality and Religion...
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Facing Evil

John Kekes - 1993 - 250 ˹
...character is primary, and action, being a consequence of character, is secondary. As Hume put the point, "Actions are by their very nature temporary and perishing;...in the character and disposition of the person, who perform'd them, they infix not themselves upon him, and can neither redound to his honour, if good,...
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