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The Ethics of Coöperation

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,586 / 36 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.4
LoC Categories: HM, BJ
Downloads: 320
Added to site: 2009.07.26 24811
Genre: Non-fiction

Can we find some external standard of unquestioned value or absolute duty by which to measure the three processes of society which we have named, dominance, competition, co÷peration?

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who shall have the larger fraction of the one which has previously been the yield. It is better, not merely because there is more grass, but also because men's attitude becomes forward-looking and constructive, not pugnacious and rigid.

Power is likewise a value in a coöperating group, but it must be power not merely used for the good of all, but to some extent controlled by all and thus actually shared. Only as so controlled and so shared is power attended by the responsibility which makes it safe for its possessors. Only on this basis does power over other men permit the free choices on their part which are essential to full moral life.

As regards the actual efficiency of a coöperating group, it may be granted that its powers are not so rapidly mobilized. In small, homogeneous groups, the loss of time is small; in large groups the formation of public opinion and the conversion of this into action is still largely a problem rather than an achievement. New techniques have to be develop



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