This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...Nevertheless, according to the theory which we are now discussing, we rise above this world through the intimacies of domestic life or of a ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...Nevertheless, according to the theory which we are now discussing, we rise above this world through the intimacies of domestic life or of a comradeship only to find ourselves in it again as sharers in the corporate or collective personality wherein our individual personality has been merged. Nor is this true only of the family, which may be regarded from one point of view, in virtue of its more direct dependence upon animal instincts, as inferior in rank to communities in whose constitution the Reason has played a larger part. Even the State itself, which a very important school of thought has represented as the supreme community and the fullest expression of the social reason of man, finds its inner unity most intensely realized in the patriotic enthusiasm which in time of war willingly abandons the usual safeguards of individual freedom to absorb itself in a common effort. And this takes place just when the State as a whole is asserting its 'claims and counterclaims' most strongly in controversy with another State. Again, with respect to societies intermediate between the family and the State, to take one illustration out of many, the history of medieval Europe is full of the 'claims and counterclaims' of religious orders and houses, whose individual members had renounced all private property and identified themselves for life with the society into which they had retired from the layman's world of rights and duties. If in the facts which have just been stated we find something which seems strange and paradoxical, it is because it is impossible to keep the notion of Personality within the bounds of a purely juristic circle of ideas, to which it nevertheless undoubtedly belongs. If the word 'person' is nowhere applicable except where there is a plurality of...Read Less
Good/no dj. One inch tear on the top edge of spine. Gilt title remains clear; clean and unmarked inside. These lectures delivered at the University of Aberdeen concerning the divine and economic life, scientific life, esthetic life, political life, etc.
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