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Elements of Moral Philosophy (1913)

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Elements of Moral Philosophy (1913)

S$65.00

Title: Elements of Moral Philosophy
Author: Mohit Chandra Sen
Publisher: John Murray, 1913
Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Some tanning to edges, minor scuffing to jacket. Inscription to fly page in pencil, and a few annotations in the book. A scarce edition.

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About the book:

Here’s a 1905 review of the book from The Tablet, a Catholic newspaper in the UK:

OF second editions it is unnecessary to write long reviews. The work which appears in a second edition under the above title “is designed to meet the wants of students who are preparing for the B.A. Examination in Philosophy as conducted by the Calcutta University ; ” and, “with this object the subjects have been arranged as far as possible according to the syllabus fixed for that examination.” As a class-book for the purpose for which it was written, it is probably admirably suited ; it is very systematic, its language is clear, and, for a book upon so deep a subject as philosophy—especially for a class book on such a subject—its style is easy and agreeable. The work deals first with the notions of good, right, and law. Next to this it describes the scope of ethics and various ethical ,methods. Then comes a chapter on the psychological basis of ethics, followed by one on moral judgment, the moral faculty, and moral sentiment ; and the whole winds up with-an inquiry into moral obligations, duties, and virtues, and the highest good. On most of these subjects the author gives the Hedonistic view, the Rigoristic view, and the Eudwmonistic view. All this, as we have already hinted, is doubtless well “designed to meet the wants of students who are preparing for the B.A. Examination in Philosophy as conducted by the Calcutta University.” Moral Philosophy, however, is an enormous and a most important subject ; one, moreover, beset with difficulties, dangers, and pitfalls ; and, if we were noticing this work in any other aspect than as a class-book preparatory for an examination at the University of Calcutta, we might have a good deal to say about its philosophy.

About Mohit Chandra Sen:

Mohit Chandra Sen was a rigorous scholar/philosopher, who was also part of the Brahmoism movement and the Brahmo Samaj (Brahmo Society) in India, along with Rabindranath Tagore. The movement was essentially a revised, modern interpretation of Hinduism, which proposed a form of monotheism based on the concept of Brahma, and included in it Islamic and Judaic teachings. The movement welcomed people of all faiths. It also had a huge influence on modern India, and the direction the struggle for independence took.

Mohit Chandra Sen was also responsible for various English translations of the Upanishads, and also had a hand in reviewing, editing and publishing the works of the poet Rabindranath Tagore.