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The Basis of Morality (Dover Philosophical Classics)

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Persuasive and humane, this classic of philosophy represents one of the nineteenth century's most significant treatises on ethics. The Basis of Morality offers Schopenhauer's fullest examination of traditional ethical themes, and it articulates a descriptive form of ethics that contradicts the rationally based prescriptive theories.

Starting with his polemic against Kant's ethics of duty, Schopenhauer anticipates the latter-day critics of moral philosophy. Arguing that compassion forms the basis of morality, he outlines a perspective on ethics in which passion and desire correspond to different moral characters, behaviors, and worldviews. In conclusion, Schopenhauer defines his metaphysics of morals, employing Kant's transcendental idealism to illustrate both the interconnectiveness of being and the affinity of his ethics to Eastern thought.

Synopsis:

Persuasive and humane, this classic offers Schopenhauer's fullest examination of ethical themes. A defiance of Kant's ethics of duty, it proclaims compassion as the basis of morality and outlines a perspective on ethics in which passion and desire correspond to different moral characters, behaviors, and worldviews.

Synopsis:

A work with a startling, stunning thesis that remains as fresh and valid today as when it was first written a century and a half ago

In a definitive and humane exposition on ethics, Schopenhauer argues, among other things, that compassion lies at morality's core. Novel and influential for its interpolation and critiques of existing philosophers and works--among them Eastern thought and the writings of Immanuel Kant--Schopenhauer's thesis defines the modern conception of what is "moral."

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface to the Second Edition

Translator's Preface to the First Edition

Translator's Introduction

The Question

Part I. Introduction

  Chapter I. The problem

  Chapter II. General Retrospect

Part II. Critique of Kant's Basis of Ethics

  Chapter I. Preliminary Remarks

  Chapter II. On the Imperative Form of the Kantian Ethics

  Chapter III. On the Assumption of Duties Towards Ourselves in Particular

  Chapter IV. On the Basis of the Kantian Ethics

Note

  Chapter V. On the Leading Principle of the Kantian Ethics

  Chapter VI. On the Derived Forms of the Leading Principle of the Kantian Ethics

  Chapter VII. Kant's Doctrine of Conscience

  Chapter VIII. Kant's Doctrine of the Intelligible and Empirical Character. Theory of Freedom

Note

  Chapter IX. Fichte's Ethics as a Magnifying Glass for the Errors of the Kantian

Part III. The Founding of Ethics

  Chapter I. Conditions of the problem

  Chapter II. Sceptical View

  Chapter III. Antimoral Incentives

  Chapter IV. Criterion of Actions of Moral Worth

  Chapter V. Statement and Proof of the Only True Moral Incentive

  Chapter VI. The Virtue of Justice

  Chapter VII. The Virtue of Loving-Kindness

  Chapter VIII. The Proof Now Given Confirmed by Experience

  Chapter IX. On the Ethical Difference of Character

Part IV. On the Metaphysical Explanation of the Primal Ethical Phaenomenon

  Chapter I. How This Appendix Must Be Understood

  Chapter II. The Metaphysical Groundwork

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486446530
Translator:
Bullock, Arthur Brodrick
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Translator:
Bullock, Arthur Brodrick
Author:
Schopenhauer, Arthur
Author:
Bullock, Arthur Brodrick
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Kant, Immanuel
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Philosophical Classics
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.35 lb

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Persuasive and humane, this classic offers Schopenhauer's fullest examination of ethical themes. A defiance of Kant's ethics of duty, it proclaims compassion as the basis of morality and outlines a perspective on ethics in which passion and desire correspond to different moral characters, behaviors, and worldviews.
"Synopsis" by ,
A work with a startling, stunning thesis that remains as fresh and valid today as when it was first written a century and a half ago

In a definitive and humane exposition on ethics, Schopenhauer argues, among other things, that compassion lies at morality's core. Novel and influential for its interpolation and critiques of existing philosophers and works--among them Eastern thought and the writings of Immanuel Kant--Schopenhauer's thesis defines the modern conception of what is "moral."

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