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One cannot insist too often that "the immortal essence presiding like a king over
man's appetites" is transcendent — in other words, set above "nature," not only in
Rousseau's sense, but also in the sense that is given to the term by the man of ...
dodge this problem of the categorical imperative, this sense of "ought" which is as
uncomfortable as a pin in our trousers, by resolving it into its origins. They try to
explain it away and invalidate it by the inconsequential method of showing how ...
developed individuals of the species, a sense of moral obligation, and that the
latter sense has been utilized by Nature in such a way as greatly to facilitate his
social development. In other words, there has been a Something — call it what
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Autobiographical essays by Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Dewey, Dreiser, H.G. Wells, Nansen, James Jeans, Babbitt, Arthur Keith, James Adams, H.L. Mencken, Julia Peterkin, Lewis Mumford, G.J. Nathan, Hu ... Read full review