Explain Ellwood's definition of ethics. Does he implicitly distinguish between morals and ethics?
Describe Ellwood's conception of the relation between ethics and sociology. Does he consider both disciplines to be normative?
According to Ellwood, what are the major factors occasioning war? Why is this so?
Summarize the five major social consequences Ellwood enumerates that arise from conflict among human groups.
How does Ellwood account for the origin of morality within human groups?
What are the reasons Ellwood offers for the view that social progress depends upon competition and cooperation. Explain whether a society can thrive by cooperation alone. Does it follow that Ellwood thinks competition is a necessary condition for moral progress?
To what extent does Ellwood believe human beings can overcome the evolutionary forces of natural selection and survival of the fittest?
Charles A. Ellwood, Sociology and Modern Social Problems (New York: American Book Company, 1910), 20-12; 42-50.
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