Originally published in 1921, this book makes philosophical ethics accessible to the non-philosopher and applies them to problems of everyday life. The author maintains that morality is the rationalization of the impulse to blame and emphases the importance of impulses. He illustrates how modern society conspires to suppress impulses and restrict their operation.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Philosophical or Traditional Ethics 1. Utilitarianism and the Philosophy of Pleasure 2. Intuitionism and the Moral Sense 3. The Form of the Good 4. Summary of Ethical Theories and Their Results Part 2: Empirical or Common-Sense Ethics 5. The Psychology of Impulse 6. The Place of Impulse in Politics and Society 7. Impulse as the Expression of the Life Force
C. E. M. Joad was Professor of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London.