William Edward Hartpole Lecky1838-1903
From LIFE AND LETTERS OF HERBERT SPENCER, 1908 by David Duncan
I am glad to gather from your prospectus that you mean in the ensuing parts to deal with the different groups of classes of virtues separately, describing, no doubt, their genesis, their relations to one another, their limitations and their proportionate value. Most books on moral philosophy seem to me almost worthless because they do not deal sufficiently in the concrete, do not divide or distinguish the different kinds of moral action and show how frequently they conflict with one another, and how trains of circumstances which foster one class of virtues will often inevitably depress another. . . . I think a great deal has still to be written on the filiation of moral qualities, on the history of moral types—the proportionate value which different qualities beat in the ideals of different ages.
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