Before concluding this sketch of the development of English ethical thought from Hobbes to the thinkers of the 19th century, it will be well to notice briefly the views held by different moralists on the question of free-will, - so far, that is, as they have been put forward as ethically important.
The superiority of the Christian faith both philosophically and ethically is set forth, the chief stress being laid on monachism, with which heathen philosophy has nothing to compare.
Ethically it is the loftiest, and Isaac obtains his wealth simply through his successful farming.
Ethically, too, the new doctrine stands on a higher plane, and represents, in its moral laws, a superior civilization.
The book is absolutely monotheistic, and the character ascribed to the deity is ethically pure with the exception mentioned above.
This motive, which is the one assumed throughout the Old Testament, is effective for the mass of men, and becomes ethically high when the advantage had in view is of an elevated moral character.
Ethically, Hercules symbolizes the attainment of glory and immortality by toil and suffering.
He assumes that the narrative was meant ethically, not physically, in order to eliminate false and polytheistic notions; and he draws attention to that double narrative in Genesis which was elsewhere to be so fruitfully handled.
3) is treated (a) ethically, as a day of judgment upon sin and pride (Amos v.
It will be seen that these changes, however profoundly important, were, ethically considered, either negative or quite general, ralating to the tone and attitude of mind in which all duty should be done.