Excerpt from Moral Values a Study of the Principles of Conduct
This volume, which is offered for the use of college and university classes, has grown out of the author's experience in trying to introduce students to the fundamental problems of ethics. It is hoped, however, that the book may make an appeal to a wider circle of readers - to men and women of various callings to whom neither convention nor authority seems to offer satisfactory answers to the insistent problems of the moral life. If such readers do not feel an interest in the more technical questions of philosophy, they are cer tainly concerned with those universal human problems that arise out of all genuine experience in the business of living. The titles and divisions of chapters will indicate the por tions of the work best suited to individual readers. The attention of the general reader may, however, be called to Chapter VII, the World of Values, to Chapter VIII,. In dividual and Social Values, and also to the discussions of Moral Law, Freedom, and Morality and Religion. Several sections of this last chapter are devoted to the problem of evil. Contemporary events have served to make this prob lem keenly felt in many quarters where its significance has, in the past, been slighted or ignored.
The appearance of another book in the field of ethics may seem to demand justification by the presence of features that distinguish it from the many able works already extant. The most obvious characteristic of the present work is sug gested by its title. All the problems of morality are here treated as problems of value. The principle of value is car ried through from the first chapter to the last, Where it is applied to the questions of religion. All human activities, it is shown, are judged to be good or bad, better or worse.
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