The Justification of the Good: An Essay on Moral Philosophy

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 31, 2005 - Philosophy - 410 pages
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After passing through deism, pantheism, and sundry atheistic visions of life, Vladimir Solovyov emerged as a Christian thinker of irrepressible conviction and uncommon genius. The Justification of the Good, one of Solovyov's last and most mature works, presents a profound argument for human morality based on the world's longing for and participation in God's goodness.

In the first part of the book Solovyov explores humanity's inner virtues and their full reality in Christ, weaving his moral philosophy with threads drawn from Orthodox theology. In the second part Solovyov discusses the practical implications of Christian goodness for such areas as nationalism, war, economics, legal justice, and family.

This edition of The Justification of the Good reproduces the English edition of 1918 and is the only new publication of this work since that date. The book includes explanatory footnotes by esteemed scholar Boris Jakim and a bibliography, compiled by Jakim, of Solovyov's major philosophical and religious works.
 

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Contents

The Chief Moments in the Historical Development of the IndividualSocial Consciousness
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Pity and Altruism
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The Religious Principle in Morality
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Virtues
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The Spurious Basis of Practical Philosophy A CRITIQUE OF ABSTRACT HEDONISM IN ITS DIFFERENT FORMS
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The Unity of Moral Principles
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The Unconditional Principle of Morality
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The Reality of the Moral Order
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The Individual and Society
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Abstract Subjectivism in Morality
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The Moral Norm of Social Life
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The National Question from the Moral Point of View
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The Penal Question from the Moral Point of View
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The Economic Question from the Moral Point of View
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Morality and Legal Justice
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The Meaning of War
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The Moral Organisation of Humanity as a Whole
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The Final Definition of the Moral Significance of Life and the Transition to Theoretical Philosophy
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Selective Index
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Page lxi - My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Page 27 - And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked ; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Page 3 - For when the Gentiles which have not the law do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves : which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another), in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Page lxi - He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.

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Vladimir Solovyov (1853-1900), one of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, was the founder of a tradition of Russian spirituality that brought together philosophy, mysticism, and theology with a powerful social message. A close friend of Dostoevsky, a Platonist, and a gnostic visionary, Solovyov was a prophet, having been granted three visions of Sophia, Divine Wisdom. He was also a poet and a profoundly Christian metaphysicist. His most important works include "Lectures on Divine Humanity; The Justification of the Good;" and "War, Progress, and the End of History.

Boris Jakim is the foremost translator of Russian religiousthought into English. His published translations includeworks by S.L. Frank, Pavel Florensky, Vladimir Solovyov, and Sergius Bulgakov.

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