The Basis of Morality

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486446530
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/20/2005
  • Series: Philosophical Classics Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,463,367
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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 judicum regiae danicae scientiarum societatis
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