Paul Tillich and Erik H. Erikson on the origin and nature of morality and ethics
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This dissertation is an exposition and critique of Paul Tillich's and Erik H. Erikson's conceptualizations of the origin and nature of morality and ethics. After each author's theory of the origin and nature of morality and ethics is summarized, the similarities and differences which exist between their views are presented. Next their positions are evaluated according to the norm of coherence as defined by E.S. Brightman. Finally, a brief comparative criticism of their positions is made according to the same norm. The major similarity between Tillich's and Erikson's positions is their description of the origin of morality. Both men locate it in man's essential nature. On the basis of their descriptions of man's nature, both develop self-fulfillment theories of morality and ethics. However, they envision self-fulfillment within a communal rather than an individualistic context. The individual and society are described as a polar unity by both scholars. [TRUNCATED]
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