The study of sociology by Herbert SpencerThe study of sociology by Herbert Spencer

The study of sociology

byHerbert Spencer

Paperback | September 12, 2013


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. SUBJECTIVE DIFFICULTIES--EMOTIONAL. That passion perverts judgment, is an observation sufficiently trite; but the more general observation of which it should form part, that emotion of every kind and degree disturbs the intellectual balance, is not triie^and even where recognized, is not duly taken into account. Stated in full, the truth is that no propositions, save those which are absolutely indifferent to us, immediately and remotely, can be contemplated without likings *. and repugnances affecting the opinions we form about them---^ There are two modes in which our conclusions are thus falsified. Excited feelings make us wrongly estimate probability;. and they also make us wrongly estimate_imppxtance. --Some cases will show this. All who are old enough, remember the murder committed by Muller on the North London Railway some years ago. Most persons, too, will remember that for some time afterwards there was universally displayed, a dislike to travelling by railway in company with a single other passenger--supposing him to be unknown. Though, up to the date of the murder in question, countless journeys had been made by two strangers together in the same compartment without evil being suffered by either-- though, after the death of Mr. Briggs, the probabilities were immense against the occurrence of a similar fate to another person similarly placed; yet there was habitually aroused a fear that would have been appropriate only had the danger been considerable. The amount of feeling excited was quite incommensurate with the risk. While the chance was a million to one against evil, the anticipation of evil was as strong as though the chance had been a thousand to one or a hundred to one. The emotion of dread destroyed the...
Title:The study of sociologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.31 inPublished:September 12, 2013Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781230246321

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