Recent Tendencies in Ethics

Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 26,179 / 85 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 29
LoC Categories: BL, BJ, BR
Downloads: 783
Added to site: 2004.07.03
mnybks.net#: 8645
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Religion, Philosophy
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Three Lectures to Clergy Given at Cambridge.

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hing less than a revision of the whole traditional morality, and in whose minds that demand is connected with the dominant doctrine of progress as it is expressed in the theory of evolution.

Perhaps we might trace the beginnings of this controversy as to the content of what is right and what is wrong to an older opposition in ethical thought, an opposition which especially affects the utilitarian doctrine--the controversy of Egoism and Altruism. If we look at these two conceptions of egoism and altruism as the Utilitarians did, if we regard the conception of egoism as having to do with one's own personal happiness, and that of altruism as describing the general happiness, the happiness of others rather than of oneself, then obviously the questions arise whether the conduct which produces the greatest happiness of others will or will not also produce the greatest happiness of the individual agent, and which should be chosen in the event of their disagreement. Is my happiness and that which will tend to it a

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