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A Manual of Moral Philosophy   By: (1811-1893)

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In A Manual of Moral Philosophy, author Andrew P. Peabody delves deep into the complex realm of ethics and provides readers with a comprehensive guide to understanding and navigating the moral dilemmas of everyday life. With his well-structured and organized approach, Peabody successfully tackles a wide array of moral issues and presents a thought-provoking framework for moral decision-making.

One of the book's standout qualities is its clarity. Peabody skillfully breaks down intricate moral theories and concepts into easily digestible chapters, making this book accessible to readers of various backgrounds. Whether one is a philosophy enthusiast or a casual reader interested in ethical discussions, the author's lucid explanations enable a complete immersion into the subject matter.

Moreover, Peabody incorporates a diverse range of real-life examples and scenarios throughout the text, grounding his arguments in relatable situations. This practical approach not only reinforces his teachings but also allows readers to reflect on their own moral conduct. By seamlessly intertwining theory and practice, the author encourages a profound engagement with the material.

The Manual of Moral Philosophy also excels in providing a balanced exploration of various philosophical perspectives. Peabody offers a fair and unbiased assessment of different moral frameworks, giving readers the opportunity to form their own opinions. Additionally, he skillfully articulates the strengths and weaknesses of each viewpoint, fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities inherent in ethical thinking.

Another commendable aspect of this book is its emphasis on moral growth and personal development. Peabody encourages introspection and self-reflection, guiding readers towards the path of moral improvement. By urging individuals to critically examine their own values and beliefs, he promotes an active participation in the ongoing dialogue of ethical discourse.

While A Manual of Moral Philosophy is a highly informative and thought-provoking read, some readers may find the heavy philosophical content a bit challenging at times. However, Peabody's engaging writing style and effective use of examples help alleviate any potential difficulties, making the book accessible even to those unfamiliar with moral philosophy.

In conclusion, A Manual of Moral Philosophy by Andrew P. Peabody is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring the intricate realm of ethics. Peabody's articulate explanations, practical approach, and fair assessment of different moral perspectives make this book a must-read for both casual readers and serious philosophy enthusiasts alike. With its culmination of scholarly rigor and real-life applicability, this manual serves as an enlightening and influential guide to moral decision-making.

First Page:

A Manual of Moral Philosophy

Designed For

Colleges and High Schools.


Andrew P. Peabody, D.D., LL.D.

Plummer Professor of Christian Morals in Harvard University.

New York and Chicago:

A. S. Barnes And Company



Preface. Chapter 1. Action. Chapter II. The Springs Of Action. Section I. The Appetites. Section II. The Desires. Section III. The Affections. Chapter III. The Governing Principles Of Action. Chapter IV. The Right. Chapter V. Means And Sources Of Knowledge As To Right And Wrong. Section I. Conscience. Section II. Sources Of Knowledge. 1. Observation, Experience, And Tradition. Section III. Sources Of Knowledge. 2. Law. Section IV. Sources Of Knowledge. 3. Christianity. Chapter VI. Rights And Obligations. Chapter VII. Motive, Passion, And Habit. Chapter VIII. Virtues, And The Virtues. Chapter IX. Prudence; Or Duties To One's Self. Section I. Self Preservation. Section II. The Attainment Of Knowledge. Section III. Self Control. Section IV. Moral Self Culture. Chapter X. Justice; Or, Duties To One's Fellow Beings... Continue reading book >>

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