Almost all the existing modern systems of Ethics deal with formal definitions, and at bottom repeat more or less the same thing about them in slightly different words. In this work these are a side issue, and therefore are treated briefly. Their treatment in Section I is based upon the author’s theoretical works the Theory of Order and the Theory of Reality, but will be intelligible to those who are not acquainted with those works. The chief concern is moral teaching – that is, the practical element.
Table of Contents
Part 1 1. Theoretical Ethics and the Doctrine of Morals 2. The Meaning of "It Ought to Be" 3. Ethics and Freedom 4. Ethical Intuition, Ethical Capacity, and Good Wil l 5. Ethical Joy 6. Duty and Fellowship in Life 7. The Problem of Applied Ethics 8. That Which Ought to Be and That Which Is 9. Conspectus of the Fundamental Concepts of Ethics, with a Terminology Based Upon "Value" 10. The Problem of Concrete Ethics Further Considered 11. The Ethical Axiom 12. The Ethical Problem Restricted to the Real Part 2: The Doctrine of Duties 1. We have no Duties Towards the Non-Living 2. Duties Towards "My" Person 3. Duties Towards my Neighbour, qua Individual Person 4. Duties Towards Groups Part 3: Enlightenment 1. False Enlightenment and Genuine Enlightenment 2. Genuine Enlightenment 3. Rationalism 4. "Realpolitik" 5. The Effects of Rational Enlightenment 6. Obstacles and How They are Overcome Part 4: Religion as the Aim of Enlightenment 1. The Religious State, Religion and Metaphysics 2. Rational Emotions 3. True Enlightenment and Religion 4. Religious Denominations and the Church 5. Dualism and How it is Overcome
Hans Driesch taught at the University of Wisconsin (1926-27) and in Buenos Aires (1928). In 1933 he was removed from his Leipzig chair and prematurely placed in emeritus status by the Nazi administration,the first non-Jewish academic to be thus expelled, because of his pacifism and open hostility to Nazism.