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The Faith of a Moralist, vol. 1 1926–1928

Alfred Edward Taylor

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In volume one of The Faith of a Moralist, Taylor examines whether ethics is a wholly autonomous science, neither requiring support or completion from religion nor affording any grounds for religious and theological convictions. For Taylor, the question at stake is whether the moral life presents us with functions which demand the “other world” as an environment, i.e., whether the “good” is such that it cannot be obtained “in this life”. If the moral life is marked by the tension between the temporal and the eternal, there must be an element of otherworldliness in practical moral living, and Taylor insists that we have to ask what kind of otherworldliness is morally legitimate. For him, otherworldliness is either the death of all morality or the vital breath of moral life. In the end, according to the author, we only come to a right understanding of this world by incorporation of patterns originally felt to belong to the “other” and “unfamiliar”, such as loving rightly and contemplation.

Kelly Van Andel
University of Glasgow

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OriginalMacmillan Company1930
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Templeton Press