Observations on the Philosophy of Criminal Jurisprudence: Being an Investigation of the Principles Necessary to be Kept in View During the Revision of the Penal Code, with Remarks on Penitentiary Prisons

R. Hunter, 1819 - 254 pages
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Page 257 - Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth ; and from thy face shall I be hid ; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth ; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
Page xxxi - Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live...
Page 51 - ... and it is the chief business of philosophers to regard the general course of things. I may add, that it is also the chief business of politicians; especially in the domestic government of the state, where the public good, which is, or ought to be their object, depends on the concurrence of a multitude of causes; not, as in foreign politics, on accidents and chances, and the caprices of a few persons.
Page 200 - ... dépendre la plénitude et la suffisance d'une preuve. Elle leur prescrit de s'interroger euxmêmes dans le silence et le recueillement , et de chercher dans la sincérité de leur conscience , quelle impression ont faite sur leur raison les preuves rapportées contre l'accusé, et les moyens de sa défense. La loi ne leur dit point : Vous tiendrez pour vrai tout fait attesté par tel ou tel nombre de témoins...
Page 6 - They must pry into the secret recesses of the human heart, and become well acquainted with the whole, moral world, that they may discover the abstract...
Page 190 - Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
Page 51 - When a man deliberates concerning his conduct in any particular affair, and forms schemes in politics, trade, economy, or any business in life, he never ought to draw his arguments too fine, or connect too long a chain of consequences together. Something is sure to happen, that will disconcert his reasoning, and produce an event different from what he expected. But when we reason upon general subjects...
Page 257 - ... observe the analogy of nature. For, of the numerous seeds of vegetables and bodies of animals, which are adapted and put in the way, to improve to such a point or state of natural maturity and perfection, W7e do not see perhaps that one in a million actually does.
Page 51 - But however intricate they may seem, it is certain, that general principles, if just and sound, must always prevail in the general course of things, though they may fail in particular cases ; and it is the chief business of philosophers to regard the general course of things.
Page 75 - The reason and end for which man was made thus liable to this passion, is, that he might be better qualified to prevent, and likewise (or perhaps chiefly) to resist and defeat sudden force, violence, and opposition, considered merely as * Ephes. iv. 26. such, and without regard to the fault or demerit of him who is the author of them.

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