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The Principles of Ethics (Paperback) Loot Price: R469
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The Principles of Ethics (Paperback): Borden Parker Bowne

The Principles of Ethics (Paperback)

Borden Parker Bowne

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: .... CHAPTER V DEVELOPMENT IN MORALS Whenever we speak of development in morals, especially if we use the terminology of evolution, all those to whom a little learning has proved an uncommonly dangerous thing are sure to suppose that this means the transformation of animal instinct and impulses into moral elements. But while the transformation is insisted upon, it is tacitly disallowed; for these moral elements are supposed to be not properly moral, but only disguised animal desires after all. The fatuity and misunderstanding of this traditional contention have been sufficiently considered in the Introduction. Development, however, in the sense of the gradual moralization of life and conduct is a manifest faet in our moral history. The reason lies in the further fact that our life in all its departments begins as a potentiality, rather than an actuality. Physically, mentally, and morally, the human being is little more than a possibility at the start, or, as Amiel has it, a candidate for humanity. He is not rational but a candidate for rationality. He is not moral but a candidate for morality. He is only a candidate in respect to all those things that belong to ideal humanity. From this zero stage man emerges, partly by the force of nature, and partly by his own effort. His true self is not given, but is something to be attained or won. Hence, in the development of man, we find several leading factors. First, we have a body of instincts, appetites, and passions which lie back of all volition as expressions of our nature itself. These give our life a certain form and direction on their own account. They are neither reasoned principles, nor inventions of our own; but are the outcome of our constitution. This system of appetites, passions, and instincts s...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: Borden Parker Bowne
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 82
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-42521-5
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-154-42521-5
Barcode: 9781154425215

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