Reason and Morals

Reason and Morals

Reason and Morals

Reason and Morals

Excerpt

This book was written against the rather hectic background that surrounds every housemaster at a public school: and I am not sure that this has been altogether a disadvantage. There are times when philosophy needs to retire amidst dreaming spires: but there are other times when it needs to learn from roaring boys. For unlike the revolutions in physics and psychology of this century, the revolution in philosophy has so far failed to make any serious impact outside the universities: and this may be partly because philosophers have not permeated society as scientists and psychologists have done. They have succeeded neither in teaching society the importance of their trade, nor perhaps in learning from society those things that would make their trade more important still. Indeed it sounds naïve even to claim that philosophy is as directly and immediately important to the lives of communities and individuals as science and psychology are. Yet I sincerely believe that it is, and also that some modern philosophers have been too hesitant in saying why and how it is. Hence this book.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I should like to thank all those who have helped me with advice and criticism: in particular Professor R. B. Braithwaite, Dr F. J. Shirley, Mr J. G. King, Mr and Mrs C. H. Rieu, and, above all, my wife.

J. B. W.

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