part of the sentence don't seem to connect

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Power, riches, honour, even health, and the general well-being and contentment with one's condition which is called happiness, inspire pride, and often presumption, if there is not a good will to correct the influence of these on the mind, and with this also to rectify the whole principle of acting and adapt it to its end.

I'm not sure how the text in bold connects with the rest of the sentence.

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You'll have to ask the person who wrote the sentence what it means (if that's possible). It's unclear.

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Another bit of Kant?

Power, riches, honour, even health [and the general well-being and contentment with one's condition which is called happiness] inspire pride, [and often presumption] if there is not a good will to correct the influence of these on the mind, and with this also to rectify the whole principle of acting and adapt it to its end.


to rectify = to correct

the whole principle of acting = the basis/reasons for actions

and [to] adapt it to its end = and to adapt this reason to the requirement of a "good will".
 

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I liked that phrase better when I thought it was about acting.

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Yes it is also from Kant. (sigh...)

I still don't see how the text in bold is coherent with the rest of the sentence.

I know the text says something along the line of 'power, riches and other qualities of similar kind can make you arrogant without a good will to straighten them up...' and there goes the text in bold. 'with this also to rectify...' 'to rectify' here doesn't even seem like the right syntax (I mean in this particular sentence).

Does the last bit mean '(the good will is there) to rectify the whole principle of acting...'?

I don't even know how I should explain the incongruity I feel about this sentence. (another sigh...)

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Yes it is also from Kant. (sigh...)

I still don't see how the text in bold is coherent with the rest of the sentence.

I know the text says something along the line of 'power, riches and other qualities of similar kind can make you arrogant without a good will to straighten them up...' and there goes the text in bold. 'with this also to rectify...' 'to rectify' here doesn't even seem like the right syntax (I mean in this particular sentence).

Does the last bit mean '(the good will is there) to rectify the whole principle of acting...'?

I don't even know how I should explain the incongruity I feel about this sentence. (another sigh...)

- HKB
You have my sympathy. It is confusing.
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"and with this be able to correct the things he does/we do, by adapting [moulding] these to the requirements of a "good will".

I would say it is rather that there is a conscious intention of applying the principles of the "good will" -disinterested involvement, generosity, moral behaviour.
 
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