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Moral Science; a Compendium of Ethics   By: (1818-1903)

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Moral Science; A Compendium of Ethics by Alexander Bain is a remarkable work that delves deeply into the complex world of ethical philosophy. As a renowned philosopher and psychologist, Bain presents a comprehensive analysis of moral principles and their practical implications in this thought-provoking book.

One of the book's notable strengths is its meticulous approach to addressing various ethical theories and arguments. Bain takes the reader on a journey through the history of moral philosophy, exploring concepts such as utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. His insightful explanations and clear language make these abstract theories accessible to readers who may not possess an extensive background in philosophy.

Furthermore, Bain skillfully weaves together conceptual discussions with real-life examples, which enhances the book's relevance and applicability. He presents numerous ethical dilemmas and explores their moral implications, inviting readers to evaluate these situations according to different ethical frameworks. This approach stimulates critical thinking and encourages readers to develop their own ethical stance.

In addition to the book's content, Bain's writing style is persuasive and engaging. His logical arguments and systematic presentation make Moral Science an intellectually stimulating read. Moreover, he successfully avoids unnecessary jargon, making the book accessible to a wide range of readers interested in ethics.

Despite its many merits, some readers may find the book overwhelming due to its extensive coverage of ethical theories. The detailed discussions may require patience and concentration, as certain concepts can be challenging to grasp at first. However, for those willing to invest time and effort into understanding the subject matter, Moral Science offers an invaluable resource for learning about ethics.

Overall, Moral Science; A Compendium of Ethics by Alexander Bain stands as an essential contribution to the field of moral philosophy. Its encyclopedic nature, combined with the author's lucid explanations, makes it a great starting point for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of ethics. Whether one is a philosophy enthusiast or simply interested in ethical decision-making, this book is sure to provide valuable insights and spark intellectual curiosity.

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Author of "Mental Science: A Compendium of Psychology;" "The Senses and the Intellect;" "The Emotions and the Will;" "A Manual ooof Rhetoric;" Professor of Logic in the University of Aberdeen, etc., etc., etc.



The present Dissertation falls under two divisions.

The first division, entitled The Theory of Ethics, gives an account of the questions or points brought into discussion, and handles at length the two of greatest prominence, the Ethical Standard, and the Moral Faculty.

The second division on The Ethical Systems is a full detail of all the systems, ancient and modern, by conjoined Abstract and Summary. With few exceptions, an abstract is made of each author's exposition of his own theory, the fulness being measured by relative importance; while, for better comparing and remembering the several theories, they are summarized at the end, on a uniform plan.

The connection of Ethics with Psychology is necessarily intimate; the leading ethical controversies involve a reference to mind, and can be settled only by a more thorough understanding of mental processes.

Although the present volume is properly a continuation of the Manual of Psychology and the History of Philosophy, recently published, and contains occasional references to that treatise, it may still be perused as an independent work on the Ethical Doctrines and Systems... Continue reading book >>

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