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A comprehensive history of Western ethics : what do we believe?

Author: Warren Ashby; W Allen Ashby
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1997.
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Professor Warren Ashby speaks both to university students in history and ethics and, more generally, to those individuals interested in but perplexed by their own moral values as they attempt to create satisfying lives in an increasingly complex world. Ashby includes the great thinkers and periods that have shaped Western ethics: the Greeks, the Hebrew prophets, the Roman Stoics, St. Augustine, the medieval  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Ashby, Warren, 1920-
Comprehensive history of Western ethics.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1997
(OCoLC)605487570
Online version:
Ashby, Warren, 1920-
Comprehensive history of Western ethics.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1997
(OCoLC)607809427
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Ashby; W Allen Ashby
ISBN: 1573921521 9781573921527
OCLC Number: 36675964
Description: 569 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Greek ethics --
The biblical ethic --
The ethics of Marcus Aurelius --
Augustine: the failure of the classical ideal --
The ethics of medieval christendom --
The ethics of the renaissance and reformation --
The ethics of the religious and scientific revolutions: the seventeenth century --
The ethics of the enlightenment --
The ethics of Romanticism --
The last western century --
Conclusion: retrospect and prospect: a personal view.
Responsibility: Warren Ashby ; edited with a foreword by W. Allen Ashby.

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Professor Warren Ashby speaks both to university students in history and ethics and, more generally, to those individuals interested in but perplexed by their own moral values as they attempt to create satisfying lives in an increasingly complex world. Ashby includes the great thinkers and periods that have shaped Western ethics: the Greeks, the Hebrew prophets, the Roman Stoics, St. Augustine, the medieval ethicists, the Renaissance and Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Romantics, and the radical revolutions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the period from 1850 to 1920, Ashby notes, the transformations wrought by the four great modern thinkers - Darwim, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud - both extended and significantly challenged the traditional core beliefs of the West and, as a result, bestowed upon us a profound moral crisis, one that we have not yet successfully met. Consequently, as we stand at the brink of the twenty-first century, with its further technological breakthroughs and social upheavals, how will we deal with the moral uncertainties that await us? In his final chapter Ashby contends that while remaining alive to our Western ethical heritage, we will have no choice but to confront its basic presuppositions as we move into a more pluralistic society, for he asserts that the ideology of the future cannot be exclusively Western; future history cannot be purely Western history. So, while this history of ethics cannot tell us how to live, it can offer to the reader what is prerequisite to a more satisfying life: an insightful and inclusive history of where our own ethical beliefs have come from and a sense of the challenges that await us all. A Comprehensive History of Western Ethics: What Do We Believe? embraces all who are concerned with expanding human rights, finding new ways to think about moral experience, and discovering an ethical perspective appropriate to their own lives.

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