Kantian Ethics And The Ethics Of Evolution; A Critical Study

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byJacob Gould Schurman

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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. 1881. Excerpt: ... arid duty a vain mocking word? If we are merely the arena in which events happen, and not the self-centred personalities from whom actions take their source, then morality consists in a simple laissez-faire, and ethics is not distinguishable from physics. 4. Evolutionistic Hedonism. But though our final result is that the mechanical conception of the universe cannot be reconciled with the deliverances of the moral consciousness, it is notorious that evolution, as thus interpreted, has been applied--and, as is widely supposed, with success--to the problems of moral philosophy. Of this philosophizing Mr. Herbert Spencer's Data of Ethics may be taken as a typical example. And it now remains to examine the philosophy of ethics which that work contains. Mr. Spencer makes no reference to the will in his work It may be well to note that with Darwinism as a biological hypothesis we have in this essay really no concern. Certain metaphysical assumptions often associated with it we are however forced to reject. There are two spheres--the sphere of nature and the sphere of spirit. And if Darwinism has shed light on that it has left this as it found it. Lange--no biassed authority--says: "The evolution of man from lower forms of life is from the point of view of natural science perfectly self-evident; while, on the contrary, his conscious life (Geistesleben) remains still a problem when all the consequences of Darwinism have been granted" (Gcschichte des Materalismus, ii. 313 (3rd ed.) ). It is our effort to show what this conscious life, on its moral side, really implies. And we enter our humble protest against the illogical method of importing into the sphere of morality a hypothesis taken from other phenomena. We demand that the facts of morality shall be studied,...

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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. 1881. Excerpt: ... arid duty a vain mocking word? If we are merely the arena in which events happen, and not the self-centred personalities from ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217228577

ISBN - 13:9780217228572

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