Is Conscience an Emotion? Three Lectures on Recent Ethical Theories

Is Conscience an Emotion? Three Lectures on Recent Ethical Theories

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Is Conscience an Emotion? Three Lectures on Recent Ethical Theories

Is Conscience an Emotion? Three Lectures on Recent Ethical Theories

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These lectures were delivered as the West Lectures in the Leland Stanford Junior University, California, in October, 1913.

When I published my book on The Theory of Good and Evil (1907), the first volume of Professor Westermarck's Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas had only just appeared --too late for me to undertake any serious criticism upon it, while Dr. McDougall's Social Psychology was not published until a year later. I was, therefore, obliged to confine my attention to earlier forms of naturalistic and emotionalistic ethics. The present lectures give me the opportunity of attempting some reply to the position taken up by these writers. It was, however, hardly possible to make such a reply intelligible to students not well acquainted with the subject, or to explain my own views to more advanced students of philosophy who had not . . .

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