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20 May 1811 + 2

Ch. Causes of these fallacies
§.2. 1. Sinister interest


1. Why called sinister? interest their source of all action
2. This cause the root of all the others:
3. Every public man has a public and a private interest
4. Private personal included ought in every instance to be expected to be
(in that support provides every or

5. From private interest it is not always pursued because 1. interest of is professed
6. 2. True interest is not always usually compleatly apprehended to lasting do
7. But in general private interests where opposed to public is better
liable to be minimized.

Cause 1. Sinister interest

§.2. Sinister interest

1. Cause 1. Sinister
interest. — Deception
the end, to the productive
interest sinister
no improper adjunct.

Deception being the end in view object arrived at, or at least the
more or less probable result, sinister is an adjunct an epithet
which may will will be given with indisputable propriety
may be attached to any interest in any shape considered
as operating towards that end. ( )

1. Sinister (like bad)
employed for reprobation
then say bad or sinister
motive: sinister,
not bad interest

2. Motive is always operating
towards a particular
3. Motive being prospect
of some good
(absolute or relative)
no motive is bad in
itself:] 4. only in
respect of its cause-
— actual or
eventual: i.e. to
5. As to every species
of good corresponds a
do of interest, so a
species of interest —
say interest in such
or such a shape.

Note ( )

1. Like bad, Sinister is term employed for the purpose of reprobation expression of disapprobation.
When motive is the name of the subject or object marked for reprobation
bad is the adjunct most commonly employed though sinister also is sometimes for that purpose:
when interest is the name of given to the subject or object sinister is the name only one of the two names that is given to the adjunct
Sometimes we hear of sinister motives we hear sometimes:
of bad interests never.

2 A motive is nothing more than an interest or the view of an interest considered
as operating towards a particular end

3 A motive being in every instance some good that is the eventual
prospect of some good of some pleasure or pleasures or security against some pain or pleasure.

6 Considered in itself there exists not any one species
of motive that can with propriety be termed a bad motive

4 In so far as any motive can with propriety be termed bad
it is only in respect consideration of the tendency it has or is supposed
to have to give birth to some evil as above explained
— to give birth existence to some bad effect

5. But As to every species of motive good corresponds a species
of motive so in the most extensive sense of the term interest to every species of good and every species of motive
corresponds a species of interest — interest existing (as the phrase is) in such or such a shape.

Identifier: | JB/104/346/001
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 104.



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