New PDF release: A New Morality from Science. Beyondism

By Arnold P. Goldstein (Eds.)

ISBN-10: 0080171923

ISBN-13: 9780080171920

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Before Christianity seized the emotions of the Roman Empire, attempts at the tour de force of developing ethics from reason led either to Stoicism or Epicureanism. The former died of emotional starvation and the latter perpetually degenerated into the goal of pleasure. The latter realized itself at best as the refined pleasures of a sybaritic life of luxury, wherever material conditions briefly permitted. It took less than a decade for the ceremonies set up for the Worship of Reason, at the first flush of the French Revolution, to fall into decay.

By "rationalist" here we mean, however, an historical tradition (growing lustily in the late eighteenth century) intending to apply reason to social matters previously handled by superstition, dogma and rule of thumb. , in defenses emanating from the unconscious, and, secondly, because reason without empiricism is only a half of science, and a dangerous half. The rationalist tradition is today still strong, especially in the ways in which would-beprogressive journalists, dramatists and radical politicians approach social problems.

Wells said in predicting the date of 4 World War II, were evidently viewed as the m e r e s t epiphenomena" by the masses at the time, who believed that matters of current importance lay in quite different directions. Our contention here is that w e are living in a generation of confusion and dissolution of values, the full magnitude and consequence of which is not generally realized. People are, of course, aware of confusion, and of the strong attempts to abrade values and exacting standards by which society has been maintained.

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