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Chap. IV. Of licentious systems,
CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING THE FIRST FORMA-
OF THE QUESTIONS which OUGHT TO BE EXAMINED
IN A THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS,
OF THE PROPRIETY OF ACTION,
CONSISTING OF THREE SEOTIONS.
OF THE SENSE OF PROPRIETY.
HOW selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion which we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. That we often derive sorrow from the sorrow of others, is a matter of fact too obvious to require any instances to prove it; for this sentiment, like all the other original