Data of ethics [electronic resource] / by Herbert Spencer ...
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- Ethics, Evolutionary.
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- "In this volume Herbert Spencer covers the "data" of ethics (Part I), the "inductions" of ethics (Part II), and the ethics of individual life (Part III). He maintains that there is a natural mechanism--an 'innate moral sense'--in human beings by which they come to arrive at certain moral intuitions and from which laws of conduct might be deduced. Spencer adopted a utilitarian standard of ultimate value--the greatest happiness of the greatest number--and the culmination of the evolutionary process would be the maximization of utility. In the perfect society individuals would not only derive pleasure from the exercise of altruism but would aim to avoid inflicting pain on others. This volume was subsequently published (in 1897) as the first part of The principles of ethics: Volume 1." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).
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