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Morality made visible : Edward Westermarck's moral and social theory

Author: Otto Pipatti
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Classical and contemporary social theory.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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While highly respected among evolutionary scholars, the sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Edward Westermarck is now largely forgotten in the social sciences. This book is the first full study of his moral and social theory, focusing on the key elements of his theory of moral emotions as presented in The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas and summarised in Ethical Relativity. Examining Westermarck's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Named Person: Edward Westermarck; Edward Westermarck
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Otto Pipatti
ISBN: 9781351169141 1351169149 9781351169165 1351169165 9781351169158 1351169157 9781351169134 1351169130
OCLC Number: 1091625221
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Research programme on morality; 2 The evolution of Westermarck's theory of moral emotions; 3 Westermarck's mature account of morality; 4 Sympathy in Westermarck's sociology (I): evolutionary roots and expansion; 5 Sympathy in Westermarck's sociology (II): the genesis and maintenance of moral norms; 6 The anatomy of moral responsibility; 7 The origin and development of moral sentimentalism: Westermarck on Shaftesbury, Hutcheson and Hume 8 The Smithian roots of Westermarck's theory of moralityConcluding remarks; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Classical and contemporary social theory.
Responsibility: Otto Pipatti.

Abstract:

While highly respected among evolutionary scholars, the sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Edward Westermarck is now largely forgotten in the social sciences. This book is the first full study of his moral and social theory, focusing on the key elements of his theory of moral emotions as presented in The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas and summarised in Ethical Relativity. Examining Westermarck's evolutionary approach to the human mind, the author introduces important new themes to scholarship on Westermarck, including the pivotal role of emotions in human reciprocity, the evolutionary origins of human society, social solidarity, the emergence and maintenance of moral norms and moral responsibility. With attention to Westermarck's debt to David Hume and Adam Smith, whose views on human nature, moral sentiments and sympathy Westermarck combined with Darwinian evolutionary thinking, Morality Made Visible highlights the importance of the theory of sympathy that lies at the heart of Westermarck's work, which proves to be crucial to his understanding of morality and human social life. A rigorous examination of Westermarck's moral and social theory in its intellectual context, this volume connects Westermarck's work on morality to classical sociology, to the history of evolutionism in the social and behavioural sciences, and to the sociological study of morality and emotions, showing him to be the forerunner of modern evolutionary psychology and anthropology. In revealing the lasting value of his work in understanding and explaining a wide range of moral phenomena, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology and psychology with interests in social theory, morality and intellectual history.

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