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Democracy and Social Ethics

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Author: Jane Addams
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,934 / 150 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 35
LoC Categories: BJ, JA, HN
Downloads: 2,150
Added to site: 2005.03.29
mnybks.net#: 10110
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Politics, Essays
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ences of other people. Already there is a conviction that we are under a moral obligation in choosing our experiences, since the result of those experiences must ultimately determine our understanding of life. We know instinctively that if we grow contemptuous of our fellows, and consciously limit our intercourse to certain kinds of people whom we have previously decided to respect, we not only tremendously circumscribe our range of life, but limit the scope of our ethics.

We can recall among the selfish people of our acquaintance at least one common characteristic,--the conviction that they are different from other men and women, that they need peculiar consideration because they are more sensitive or more refined. Such people "refuse to be bound by any relation save the personally luxurious ones of love and admiration, or the identity of political opinion, or religious creed." We have learned to recognize them as selfish, although we blame them not for the will which chooses to be selfish, but for a

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2005.09.27
Shpend Lleshi
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