The Basis of Morality

The Basis of Morality

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The Basis of Morality

The Basis of Morality

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A Period of twenty years (1840–1860) elapsed between the first and second edition of the original of this work. At that time there were fewer people who cared to investigate the subject; the traditional ethical basis in one or other of its different forms was mostly taken for granted; all attacks on the philosophical orthodoxy of the day were viewed with aversion; and, lastly, the book was only accessible in German. For these reasons the number of readers was very limited.

Since then much has changed. The world’s ethical systems, as well as the religions on which they rest, have been subjected to exact investigation, and there has sprung up a large and increasing class of serious persons, who follow with interest the results obtained.

This translation was published in 1903, and the fact that after twelve years a second edition is called for, may, it is hoped, be a sign that the belief then expressed in the preface was not unfounded.

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