Beauty and Virtue

Powerful Essays
an inquiry into the original of our ideas of beauty and virtue

natural law and enlightenment classics
Knud Haakonssen
General Editor

Francis Hutcheson

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An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue in Two Treatises

This book is published by Liberty Fund, Inc., a foundation established to encourage study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.

The cuneiform inscription that serves as our logo and as the design motif for our endpapers is the earliest-known written appearance of the word “freedom” (amagi ), or “liberty.” It is taken from a clay document written about 2300 b.c. in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash. 2004 Liberty Fund, Inc. All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America 08 07 06 05 04 c 08 07 06 05 04 p 5 4 3 2 1 5 4 3 2 1

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