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W. J. Mander

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559299.001.0001

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The Idealist Ethic of Social Self-Realization

The Idealist Ethic of Social Self-Realization

(p.181) 6 The Idealist Ethic of Social Self-Realization
British Idealism

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In addition to and connected with its fresh metaphysics and philosophy of religion, the British Idealist school put forward a radically new kind of moral theory; one which might be called the idealist ethic of social self-realization. Rapidly gaining popularity, its re-construal of the moral problem came to be the dominant mode of thought in ethics for twenty years, and a major force for twenty more after that. This chapter examines that system of ethics, through detailed consideration of the theories of Bradley, Green, and Edward Caird. Particular attention is paid to the concepts of self-realization, the common good, ‘My Station and its Duties’, and the social conception of the self. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the various textbooks and manuals which popularized this conception of ethics.

Keywords:   Ethics, Bradley, Green, Edward Caird, self-realization, the common good, My Station and its Duties, social conception of the self, popularization, Kantianism, Utilitarianism

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