Final Reconstruction 2

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Final Paper-Argument Reconstruction 29 April 2006 Premise 1: Pity is a virtue that is the most useful and universal to man in that it precedes him in any kind of reflection and is only present within social interactions. Premise 2: Since it carries us without reflection to the aid of those who are suffering, the only thing a man can do while seeing another man suffer is to suffer himself, which is natural to him, without any deliberation, thought or reasoning. Premise 3: Love of oneself is a natural sentiment which moves every animal to be vigilant in its own preservation and which, directed in man by reason and modified by pity, produces humanity and virtue. Premise 4: Man now realizes that love of one’s self is the sole motive for human actions while pity moderates this love. Premise 5: By pity moderating this love, a feeling of dislike is created towards the suffering of others which, at times, equals the dislike man feels towards his own suffering. Premise 6:
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