The Field of Ethics: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures for 1899

The Field of Ethics: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures for 1899

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The Field of Ethics: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures for 1899

The Field of Ethics: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures for 1899

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In these lectures I propose to offer an introduction to ethics of a somewhat novel kind. An introduction might properly enough sketch in outline the principal doctrines of moral science. It might analyze the working of the will, and its relation to perception and the cognitive process. It might explore the origin of the moral sentiments; or might attempt to determine the ultimate aim by which, however remotely, conduct is directed. I shall adopt none of these wise methods, but shall simply try to fix the place of ethics in a rational scheme of the universe. I wish to see how it is parted off from neighboring provinces of knowledge, and what kind of being he must be who is the object of its . . .

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