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Macdonald, R.A. (1939). General: William Brown. 'The Psychological Basis of Ethics, with some Observations on Group Morality.' Character and Personality, 1938, Vol. VII, No. 1, pp. 1–13.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 20:184.
    
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(1939). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 20:184

General: William Brown. 'The Psychological Basis of Ethics, with some Observations on Group Morality.' Character and Personality, 1938, Vol. VII, No. 1, pp. 1–13.

R. A. Macdonald

This paper is an attempt at reformulation of the relation of psychology to ethics. Kant's formulation, 'I ought, therefore I can', is discussed, and the reverse suggested, 'I can, therefore I ought'; that is, our duty has to be related to our powers.

This theme is developed through psycho-analytical theory, and the relation described between the 'ought' and the super-ego. Next the 'ought' is applied to the Group, and democracy and nationalism discussed in relation to it.

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Macdonald, R.A. (1939). General. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 20:184

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