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An Essay on Morals
Philip Wylie
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Hardcover, 204 pages
Published 1947 by Rinehart & Company, Inc.
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Sep 05, 2007 Lou rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thinkers
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This is a book which attacks religion in a spectacular way. God is a creation of man and man is only different from animals because he has the capacity to reason.

Problem is, his reason gives him arrogance and in that arrogance, man has created a god in his own image.

Enter instinct. Reason does not replace instinct, rather, it conflicts with it. Life becomes hell and man decides that (see man's creation mentioned above) must be punishing us. Better yet, let's punish ourselves and each other with
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Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was the son of Presbyterian minister Edmund Melville Wylie and the former Edna Edwards, a novelist, who died when Philip was five years old. His family moved to Montclair, New Jersey and he later attended Princeton University from 1920–1923. He married Sally Ondek, and had one child, Karen, an author who became the inventor of animal "clicker" training. After a d ...more
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