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The Foundations of Morality

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Here is Hazlitt's major philosophical work, in which he grounds a policy of private property and free markets in an ethic of classical utilitarianism, understood in the way Mises understood that term. In writing this book, Hazlitt is reviving an 18th and 19th century tradition in which economists wrote not only about stri
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Foundation for Economic Education (first published 1964)
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José Antonio Lopez
The Foundation of Morality (Spanish edition) is a work on Ethics by Henry Hazlitt, better know by his book Economics in One Lesson. This book is a critique to different Ethics schools and the proposal of his system called Cooperatism.

Hazlitt analyses different areas of human life as well as moral schools usually contrasting opposing theories with his personal contribution. His key point is that cooperation is the solution that preserves the interests of the individual and flourishes the society.
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Wow, this book made my head spin! If you need some exercise in mental gymnastics give this book a careful read. Hazlitt’s book provides a careful and thorough examination of the basis for human morality and ethics. Originally published in 1964, the writing seems timeless. He provides a review, critique and examination of a great collection of authors on this topic including Aristotle, Tomas Aquinas, Augustine, Jeremy Bentham, John Calvin, Hayek, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Luther, Marx, Mises, Ra ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this book, Henry Hazlitt, author of "Economics in One Lesson", presents a system of ethics. His approach is much more reasonable and down-to-earth than most of what can be found on the subject. He presents a rule-based version of utilitarianism. He claims the version of utilitarianism that has long been criticized and maligned is a caricature, and attempts to explain that utilitarianism doesn't have to be hedonistic in a sensual sense. For Hazlitt, moral rules evolved through the centuries be ...more
Robert Heckner
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A resounding success. The Foundation of Morality is a powerful, thought-provoking, and exhaustive treatise on ethics and morality, in which Hazlitt clearly and decisively sets down the groundwork for the ethical system, he calls Cooperatism. Hazlitt has a gift for effective and efficient writing and he clearly understands his subject matter. Furthermore, his analysis brilliantly ties the ethical to the economic realm. This book is at once theoretical and practical; anyone seriously interested ...more
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Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Al menos, una obra interesante y provechosa, con buenas ideas. La explicación de derechos y pseudo-derechos es un buen ejemplo del sentido común que posee el autor. Es un gozo leer a una mente capaz de esos razonamientos, ahora dedicados a los cimientos de principios éticos.
Escribí un resumen de ello en Son de Dos Direcciones
Adrián Sánchez
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libertarismo
Me parece que en Hazlitt hay varias obras que sirven de introducción a las ideas liberales libertarias, ya me sucedió con Economía en una lección, ahora este sirve para entender la perspectiva sobre la ética, la moral y una introducción al derecho natural.
Ray Still
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and, for the most part, overlooked exposition of ethics and morality. Unique in that it makes a utilitarian argument in support of classical liberalism.
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Henry Hazlitt was a libertarian philosopher, an economist, and a journalist for various publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and Newsweek. He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an early editor of The Freeman, an important libertarian magazine. In 1946 Hazlitt wrote Economics in One Lesson, his seminal text on free market e ...more