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The Map of Life Conduct and Character   By: (1838-1903)

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The Map of Life Conduct and Character by William Edward Hartpole Lecky is a timeless masterpiece that delves deep into the intertwined relationship between individual conduct and character. Published in 1899, this enduring work of ethical philosophy explores the foundations of morality, the evolution of character, and the intricate moral choices that shape our lives.

Lecky's writing style captivates from the very beginning, as he skillfully weaves together history, psychology, and philosophy to present a comprehensive understanding of morality. He draws upon a vast array of examples, spanning across different periods and cultures, which adds richness and diversity to his arguments. Lecky's insightful analysis not only highlights the impact of external factors, such as religion and social context, but also emphasizes the significance of personal choices and their consequences.

One of the book's great strengths lies in its ability to inspire reflection and self-examination. Lecky encourages readers to question their own moral compass and consider the factors that contribute to the formation of character. Moreover, he examines the concept of free will, acknowledging the limitations imposed by circumstances and genetics, while urging individuals to recognize the power they still possess to shape their own character.

Another notable aspect of The Map of Life Conduct and Character is Lecky's meticulous attention to historical context. He discusses the evolution of morality throughout different eras and civilizations, shedding light on how societal values have shaped human behavior and vice versa. These historical insights lend depth to Lecky's arguments, reinforcing the idea that character is a product of both personal agency and external influences.

Though the book was written over a century ago, its relevance remains undeniable. The questions Lecky raises—regarding the nature of ethics, the impact of circumstances on character, and the relationship between conduct and morality—continue to be debated in contemporary philosophical discourse. By highlighting the timeless aspects of these issues, Lecky's work encourages readers to engage in meaningful conversations about the values that guide our lives.

In conclusion, The Map of Life Conduct and Character is a thought-provoking and comprehensive exploration of morality, character, and the choices that shape our lives. Lecky's expertise in the fields of history, psychology, and philosophy is evident throughout the book, as he expertly navigates complex concepts and presents them in an accessible manner. This enduring masterpiece is a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human condition and the intricate relationship between conduct and character.

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The Rt. Hon. W. E. H. LECKY.

HISTORY of ENGLAND in the EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. Library Edition. 8vo. Vols. I. and II. 1700 1760. 36s. Vols. III. and IV. 1760 1784. 36s. Vols. V. and VI. 1784 1793. 36s. Vols. VII. and VIII. 1793 1800. 36s. Cabinet Edition. ENGLAND. 7 vols. Crown 8vo. 6s. each. IRELAND. 5 vols. Crown 8vo. 6s. each.

The HISTORY of EUROPEAN MORALS from AUGUSTUS to CHARLEMAGNE. 2 vols. Crown 8vo. 12s.

HISTORY of the RISE and INFLUENCE of the SPIRIT of RATIONALISM in EUROPE. 2 vols. Crown 8vo. 12s.

DEMOCRACY and LIBERTY. Library Edition. 2 vols. 8vo. 36s. Cabinet Edition. 2 vols. Crown 8vo. 12s.

THE MAP OF LIFE: Conduct and Character. Library Edition. 8vo. 10s. 6d. Cabinet Edition. Crown 8vo. 5s. net.

POEMS. Fcp. 8vo. 5s.

LONGMANS, GREEN, & CO. 39 Paternoster Row, London, and Bombay.


Conduct and Character



'La vie n'est pas un plaisir ni une douleur, mais une affaire grave dont nous sommes chargés, et qu'il faut conduire et terminer à notre honneur' TOCQUEVILLE

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