F.H. Bradley wrote a book called Ethical Studies (1876). In his book he wrote how he believed that moral perspective was determined from self-realisation and from observing one’s position in society.
- He rejected Hedonism (R.B. Perry) as he believed that pleasure provides no self understanding.
- He also opposed a key idea of philosopher Immanuel Kant of duty for the sake of duty, on the grounds that it doesn’t guide us in morality or give us human satisfaction.
“…we have found the end. We have found self realisation, duty, and happiness in one – yes, we have found ourselves, when we have found our station and its duties, our function as an organ of the social organism.” (Bradley, 1927, p. 163).F.H Bradley says that to be a good person, we must know our station and its duties in society. The good of society is about hard work and obedience. Once your position in life is decided, you have a duty to perform the function of that station.