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Author Phillips, Paul T., 1942-

Title Contesting the moral high ground : popular moralists in mid-twentieth-century Britain / Paul T. Phillips
Published Montreal : McGill-Queens Univ Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 227 pages)
Series McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion, series two, 1181-7445 ; 62
McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion. Series two ; 62.
Contents Introduction -- 1 The Setting -- 2 One World, One Faith: The Quest for Unity in Julian Huxley's Religion of Evolutionary Humanism -- Bertrand Russell: Reason, Love, and the Conquest of Fear -- Heaven in Heaven: The Cultural Apostasy of Malcolm Muggeridge -- Barbara Ward and the Social Conscience of Christianity -- Conclusion and Legacy
Summary In mid-twentieth century Britain, four intellectuals - Julian Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Malcolm Muggeridge, and Barbara Ward - held sway over popular conceptions of morality. While Huxley and Russell championed ideas informed by agnosticism and atheism, Muggeridge and Ward were adherents to Christianity. In Contesting the Moral High Ground, Paul Phillips reveals how this fundamental dichotomy was representative of British society at the time, and how many of the ideologies promoted by these four moralists are still present today. As world-class public figures in an open forum of debate, Huxley, Russell, Muggeridge, and Ward all achieved considerable public attention, particularly during the turbulent 1960s. Phillips captures the rebellious spirit of the time, detailing how these thinkers exploited the popular media to disseminate ideas on prevailing social issues - from justice and world peace to protection of the environment. Phillips skilfully traces the foundations of their thought to their earlier careers and social movements of previous generations, and shows how many of their approaches were adopted by a host of present-day groups from the Christian Right and Left to the New Atheists and environmentalists. A significant contribution to British intellectual history, Contesting the Moral High Ground provides new insights into the moral philosophies of four of Britain's most influential minds in the twentieth century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Huxley, Julian, 1887-1975 -- Ethics
Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970 -- Ethics
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990 -- Ethics
Ward, Barbara, 1914-1981 -- Ethics
Huxley, Julian, 1887-1975
Muggeridge, Malcolm, 1903-1990
Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970
Ward, Barbara, 1914-1981
Ethics -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Ethicists -- Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
PHILOSOPHY -- Ethics & Moral Philosophy.
HISTORY -- Modern -- 20th Century.
Moral conditions
Great Britain -- Moral conditions -- History -- 20th century
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773588345