Ethical and Political Thinking

Ethical and Political Thinking

Ethical and Political Thinking

Ethical and Political Thinking

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The title I have chosen is intended to indicate that I would claim better qualifications for reporting the way in which intelligent peoples' minds work and progress upon these topics than for establishing any novel conclusions. I would not claim particularly wide reading in the subject, but I have probably had as good opportunities as any man for serious discussion with both novices and experts. For nearly fifty years, most of the time as an Oxford tutor, I have spent some twelve hours weekly each term in discussing moral, political, and aesthetic philosophy with pupils and with colleagues either singly or in very small groups. This gives in round numbers nearly 15,000 hours of opportunity for mass observation of Ethical and Political Thinking.

My special gratitude is to my old tutor and friend Professor Prichard and to the late Mr. H. B. Joseph for our many conversations. Three former pupils, Professor Raphael of Otago University, Mr. J. L. Evans, lecturer of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Mr. D. Rees of Merton, my assistant at Aberdeen University, have given me valuable criticism of this book. In reading, apart from the well-known classics on the subject, I think I owe most to Richard Price Review of the Principal Questions and Difficulties in Morals (a title whose characteristic clumsiness has perhaps prevented deserved popularity, but which would well fit the present work) and to Dr. Rashdall The Theory of Good and Evil.

E. F. C.

1947 . . .

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