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Soviet Ethics and Morality


reviewed by David Lawson - 1971

coverTitle: Soviet Ethics and Morality
Author(s): Richard T. DeGeorge
Publisher: University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor
ISBN: , Pages: 184, Year: 1969
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Professor De George of the philosophy department at the University of Kansas had contributed at least two full-length works on Soviet thought as well as numerous journal articles by the time he became a senior research fellow at Columbia University in 1965-66. It was in the latter capacity that he produced the present volume, which is a study of Columbia's Russian Institute. Aside from the preface, an introduction, and appended material, Soviet Ethics and Morality contains six chapters. The first three are concerned with the basis, structure, and content of Soviet ethical theory, and the latter three with official Soviet morality. This arrangement is in keeping with Soviet ethical theory itself, which regards ethics as the theory of morals, in which respect the direction of the volume is from theory to practice. Western readers expecting to find much constricting monistic paternalism and lack of imagination in Soviet ethical theory are likely to have such preconceptions reinforced by De George's assessment. Even so, the author emphatically declares... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 1, 1971, p. 129-131
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1616, Date Accessed: 4/14/2021 7:50:26 AM

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