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. 1886. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. SOCIAL DIFFICULTIES. HAVE often been struck of late by the truth of the observation made by one of our most original but little-known thinkers, how far our moral faculties have lagged behind our intellectual; and how little we have as yet learnt to introduce the intellectual methods into our moral life, to act on the same methods as we think. At the very time I was conducting my moral experiment with my rough working-men, my dear father was conducting some scientific experiments for Government, on the effect of pressure on heat. But on what curiously different methods we started! To have a due regard not to some, but See 'Life and Letters of James Hinton. Edited by Ellice Hopkins. With an Introduction by Sir William Gull.' Second edition. C. Kegan Paul & Co. to all the facts, to see everything not isolated, but in its relations, to bring every conclusion again to the test of facts--in one word, accuracy of regard, this is the fundamental principle of modern science. Had my father only attended to the small class of facts in which he had a personal interest as telling for him, and tending to confirm some mathematical calculations he had made, not only would his character as a scientific man have been destroyed, but such a procedure, we see at once in the intellectual life, would lead to disaster and certain wrong result. But though this is often precisely what we do in the moral life, attending only to the small class of facts that make for our own self-interest, and disregarding all others, it is not as clearly recognized that this must lead to disaster and wrong result there as well as in our intellectual life. As long as we regard a few abstract moral laws, as long as we try and love God, and pay our debts, and speak the truth, and don't ta...
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