This Scarce Antiquarian Book Is A Facsimile Reprint Of The Original Due To Its Age, It May Contain Imperfections Such As Marks, Notations, Marginalia And Flawed Pages Because We Believe This Work Is Culturally Important, We Have Made It Available As Part Of Our Commitment For Protecting, Preserving, And Promoting The World S Literature In Affordable, High Quality, Modern Editions That Are True To The Original Work. Westermarck comes in two volumes and 1500 pages After an introductory discussion of his moral theory, the bulk of his work is a survey of moral practices Though the relationship between theory and these practices is not so clear, the survey itself is an impressive collection of cross cultural moral practices.The author s theory is that moral judgments and moral practices reflect emotion There s no moral intellectualization without an underlying emotion that either approves or disapproves of some action These he terms the retributive emotions that disapprove the causes of pain or result in a friendly attitude and moral approval to the causes of pleasure This orientation toward the world evolved through natural selection and a continuity exists between the moral practices of savages and developed cultures The key hurdle for moral development is the transition from self orientation only to one that considers, on principle, the welfare of others Emotions are geared to merge the self and the group because individual well being depends on tribal solidarity Progressive cultures with enlightened thought, he believes, are able to transcend tribalism and apply moral directions universally Our duties toward our fellow man are, he writes, universal duties not restrained by the limits of country or race The altruistic sentiment is the
I read this book years ago I look at it as a foundational manual for a variety of other subjects that require the proper sensitivity and cognition to address.Written when humans roamed the Earth.
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