The Origin and Development of Moral Ideas, Volume 1
Westermarck (Edward)
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From the Preface

  1. “The frequent references made in the present work, on my own authority, to customs and ideas prevalent among the natives of Morocco, require a word of explanation. Seeing the close connection between moral opinions and magic and religious beliefs, I thought it might be useful for me to acquire firsthand knowledge of the folk-lore of some non-European people, and for various reasons I chose Morocco as my field of research.
  2. During the four years I spent there, largely amongst its country population, I have not only collected anthropological data, but tried to make myself familiar with the native way of thinking; and I venture to believe that this has helped me to understand various customs occurring at a stage of civilisation different from our own. …
  3. All the time I had the valuable assistance of my Moorish friend Shareef ‘Abd-es-Salam el-Bakkali, to whom credit is due for the kind reception I invariably received from peasants and mountaineers, not generally noted for friendliness towards Europeans.”

  1. The emotional origin of moral judgements
  2. The nature of the moral emotions
  3. The nature of the moral emotions (cont.)
  4. The nature of the moral emotions (cont.)
  5. The origin of the moral emotions
  6. Analysis of the principal moral concepts
  7. Customs and laws as expressions of moral ideas
  8. The general nature of the subjects of enlightened moral judgments
  9. The will as the subject of moral judgement and the influence of external events
  10. Agents under intellectual disability
  11. Motives
  12. Forbearance and Carelessness – Character
  13. Why moral judgments are passed on conduct and character – moral valuation and free-will
  14. Homicide in general
  15. Homicide in general (cont.)
  16. Homicide in general (cont.)
  17. The killing of parents, sick persons, children – feticide
  18. The killing of women, and of slaves – criminality of homicide influeced by distinctions of class
  19. Human sacrifice
  20. Blood-revenge and compensation – the punishment of death
  21. The duel
  22. Bodily injuries
  23. Charity and generosity
  24. Hospitality
  25. The subjection of children
  26. The subjection of wives
  27. Slavery


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