The Ethical System of James Martineau

The Ethical System of James Martineau

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...people, will not altogether settle the difficulty. If we urge that the Indian is not capable of judging as the cultured European, that really undermines the rock on which Intuitional Ethics is built. It would mean that we either subscribe to some form of Perfectionism; or we make morality depend upon something else which makes it, calls it forth step by step; any claim or explaining away to the contrary notwithstanding; such being then only a question of terms. And this is a position that Dr. Martineau all along has been attacking, and always will attack. Not much stronger is the reply that the moral verdicts of different men would agree had they been in the same circumstances; for that can only mean that a moral law is the height of absurdity. It likewise makes the moral law depend on surroundings, on policy of rulers, etc. 1 Types of Ethical Tkeory II, 59. "They would agree if they would view the object to be judged from the same point." If we survey the views of those who systematically devote serious thought to moral questions, we see that systematic ethical reflection tends to group individuals into "schools." Sidgwick, for instance, has put himself into Martineau's point of view when examining Intuitionism. Yet he does not subscribe to an Idiopsychological Ethics. "The whole scale is open only to the ripest minds." He unmakes his whole Theory of Conscience. For granted each possesses a conscience; but if that is inaccurate, it is valueless or worse than valueless. If Dr. Martineau, Sidgwick, Leslie Stephen, Spencer, J. S. Mill, and T. H. Green differ, who are surely among " the ripest minds," then an impartial jury may possibly bring in the verdict that Martineau's scale will not afford much more

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