The Philosophy Of Government; A Treatise On The Fundamental Characteristics Of Man As Exhibited In…

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byGeorge W. Walthew

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE very first question which confronts one who attempts a philosophical examination into the fundamental laws underlying the art of government is: What is the law of life itself? Government, scientifically considered, is merely the art of adjusting the relations of a man to his neighbors in such manner that the greater the number of individuals brought together under one government, the greater the liberty, opportunity, and leisure each will have to pursue the purpose of his own life. It follows, therefore, that, in order to determine whether individuals of a nation are, on the whole, better able to pursue that purpose under one form of government than another, it is necessary, in the first place, to know what the main purpose of the life of each individual is. Furthermore, it is necessary to ascertain if this main purpose, when discovered in one individual, be the same in others. In other words, is the fact of physical life traceable, on the whole, to some deep necessity of the soul, common to all humanity alike, and for the sake of feeding which humanity continues physically to live? Is there, in short, any main purpose in life? We can obtain an answer to this question, with more or less distinctness, from three sources, which I here group in the order of their importance: (i) By ascertaining what the wise men of the world have said about it; (2) By an examination, of history; and (3) By a study on the part of each individual of his own inner consciousness. From the first of these three sources we obtain the testimony (which is practically unanimous) that the law of life is growth. "Man lives," say the wise men, " that he may grow." All the seers of all the ages unite in proclaiming this truth. It is only when we come to inquire as to the manner and ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE very first question which confronts one who attempts a philosophical examination into the fundamental laws underlying th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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