History of Western Morals / Edition 1

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Hailed by The New York Times as "tantalizing" and "learned," A History of Western Morals brings together an impressive range of knowledge of Western civilization. From the ancient cultures of the Near East, through the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds, to the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Renaissance, the Age of Reason and the twentieth century, Crane Brinton searches human history for the meaning of ethics. A History of Western Morals raises controversial conclusions about the value of religion in society, the practices of sex, the nature of crime and the possibility of progress.

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Brinton was among the most distinguished 20th-century historians of ideas. This 1959 work remains a solid and readable introduction to the history of Western morals. It traces moral thought from the Ancient Near East to the mid-20th century. As in his earlier works, Ideas and Men and The Shaping of the Modern Mind, Brinton describes man's quest to get from the real world to the ideal world or, in this case, to get from the moral "is" to the moral "ought." Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557783707
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/1998
  • Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Crane Brinton, Ph.D. graduated from Harvard and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Among his many books are Ideas and Men, The Anatomy of a Revolution, The Shaping of the Modern Mind, and A History of Civilization.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Origins: The Ancient near East III. Origins: The Jews and the Greeks IV. Greece: The Great Age V. The Greco-roman World VI. The Beginnings of the Judaeo-Christian Tradition VII. The Middle Ages VIII. The Reformation IX. The Renaissance X. The Seventeenth Century XI. The Age of Reason XII. The Nineteenth Century XIII. The Twentieth Century XIV. The Problem of Moral Progress XV. Conclusion: In Which Nothing Is Concluded Suggested Readings Index

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