A Short History of Ethics: Greek and Modern

A Short History of Ethics: Greek and Modern

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A Short History of Ethics: Greek and Modern

A Short History of Ethics: Greek and Modern

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This book is mainly descriptive but also critical. My primary object has been to provide a brief and accurate description of the leading Greek ethical systems, and of those systems which appear to represent the best types of modern philosophic Ethics, from Hobbes to the end of the nineteenth century; systems which may be regarded as contemporary are excluded. My secondary object has been to show, by criticism and comparison, the connecting links between systems and the movements of thought by which new systems arise -- movements which express both reaction and expansion. Scholastic doctrines receive little attention, because, as the title indicates, they do not come within the scope of the work; the omission is not intended to suggest that the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas is antiquated or wanting in depth -- from what I know of it I conclude that it is remarkably profound and subtle, -- but as his system, in its non-theological features, is largely a . . .

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