History as Past Ethics: An Introduction to the History of Morals


Philip Van Ness Myers (Editor)

Series: Historical Manuscripts
BISAC: HIS000000; PHI005000

History as Past Ethics: An Introduction to the History of Morals is designed as a brief introduction to the history of morals. The book is the outgrowth of a conviction that the philosophy of ethics, if it shall become a stimulus and guide to social service and humanitarian effort,—especially if it shall bring reinforcement to that ethical idealism which so largely motives the movement for world peace,—must be based on a knowledge of the facts of the moral life of the race in all the various stages of the historic evolution.

Table of Contents



Chapter I. Introduction

Chapter II. The Dawn of Morality: Conscience in the Kinship Group

Chapter III. The Moral Life in Ancient Egypt: An Ideal of Social Justice

Chapter IV. The Babylonian-Assyrian Conscience

Chapter V. Chinese Morals: An Ideal of Filial Piety

Chapter VI. Japanese Morals: An Ideal of Loyalty

Chapter VII. The Ethical Ideals of India

Chapter VIII. The Ethics of Zoroastrianism: An Ideal of Combat

Chapter IX. The Moral Evolution in Israel: An Ideal of Obedience to a Revealed Law

Chapter X. The Moral Consciousness of Hellas: An Ideal of Self-Realization

Chapter XI. Roman Morals: An Ideal of Civic Duty

Chapter XII. The Ethics of Doctrinal Christianity: An Ideal of Right Belief

Chapter XIII. Moral History of the Age of Christian Asceticism

Chapter XIV. The Ethics of Islam: A Martial Ideal

Chapter XV. The Moral Life of Europe During the Age of Chivalry

Chapter XVI. Renaissance Ethics: Revival of Naturalism in Morals

Chapter XVII. Ethics of the Protestant Reformation

Chapter XVIII. The Moral Evolution Since the Incoming of Democracy: The New Social and International Conscience


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